The object was fashioned and hammered from a plaque of very thin gold. Despite some surface wear and a few small concretions, it is whole and in excellent condition.
This piece is composed of two elements: a circle with a smooth surface pierced by a large circular hole at its center, which is topped by an elliptical element which in turn has a small central hole. On the back, the edge of the circle and the ellipse have been folded intentionally in places.
The purpose of these objects is unknown: the presence of holes reasonably suggests a pendant, used perhaps for a necklace or earrings; the manner of folding the edge to the back also suggests an appliqué for fabric or a leather ornament, perhaps attached by a small rivet.
Similar pieces were widespread particularly in modern-day Bulgaria (from the necropolis at Varna, near the Black Sea) and Northern Greece. Even if gold examples are well attested, other materials (silver, stone and, in rare cases, terracotta) were also used to make pendants of this type; they existed during the second half of the 5th and throughout almost the entire 4th millennium B.C..
Despite their extreme simplicity, these pendants might symbolize a very stylized human figure: the circular part would represent a simplified body whose ellipse would constitute the head; the two small holes in the upper part, seen in several examples, are generally interpreted as eyes. For this reason, some archaeologists identify these small jewels as "idols", but this hypothesis is not unanimously accepted. According to other scholars, the use of gold could be related to solar cults.
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