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Heracles knot

A decorative motif, in the form of a reef knot, introduced in Hellenistic jewelry. It is found, inlaid with garnets, as the central ornament on some gold diadems, flanked often with decoration in enamelling and filigree work. A similar reef knot is also found on some finger rings of Roman jewelry and of the 14th/15th centuries. The motif is said probably to have been imported from Egypt where it had for centuries been accorded amuletic significance.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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