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"The Parthians were so much attached to dazzling makeup and ornaments, which was popular in the east of Iran and which they had learned from the dependent nations, that the Goths and Germans were influenced by such ornaments and they even imitated the Parthian beatification style for their make up. Jewelry and make was so popular among the Parthians that it even stretched to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and influenced the vingians in the later years. They were using various types of adornments, pendants, tiny pins, rings and precious stones, the most delicate and beautiful perfume, beautiful earthenware and glass beads to defy ill omens, ornamented belts and fasteners, fetters (to bind the forehead), hair holders and thousands of other ornaments."
[Ehsan Yaghmaie (1999): "How Women Applied Makeup 3000 Years Ago" in Zanan 52, pp. 49-52]
Parthian Ring - image courtesy Malter Galleries Inc.
Parthian Jewelry -
(a) 3rd century A.D. from Hatra
(b) 2nd century A.D. from Seleucia on the Tigris
Parthian Jewelry -
(a) Nihawad. Belt buckle piece with an eagle and its prey in a medallion, inset with turquoise (1-2nd c. A.D.) (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
(b) Deilaman. Necklaces with stones and animals, 2-3rd c. A.D. (New York: Rabenour Coll.)
(c) Nippur. Mesopotamian ear rings in form of concentric circles. 3rd c. A.D. Gold 2.2," and based on an Achaemenid model. (Philadelphia: Univ. Pennsylvania Museum)
Parthian Jewelry -
An example of the luxurious ornaments of 2nd century A.D. Parthian nobility. From the exhibition of Ornaments from the East: From Patti Birch's collection, 25 January 2000 - 19 March 2000 at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
Earring in the form of a three-lobed wineskin, 2nd century B.C.–2nd century A.D.; Parthian period. Mesopotamia. Gold; L. 4.5 cm (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Belt or harness ornament with an eagle and its prey, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.; Parthian period. Gold inlaid with turquoise; W. 8.4 cm. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art)


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