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This magnificent Hellenistic age is reflected by the Patron of Art Edition Hommage à Alexander the Great. The gold-plated cap of Edition 4810, which is shaped like a slender column, is richly ornamented with lotus flowers, which form a fascinating contrast to the black lacquer background. Gold-coloured veins flow mysteriously through the black, finely marbled lacquer of the barrel.
In Edition 888 not only these veins, but also the cap and clip are made of 750 solid gold. The clip is finished off with an approximately 0.14-carat drop-shaped diamond.
The 18-karat gold nib is delicately engraved with the stylised head of a ram – the symbol of the god Amon – a reference to Alexander the Great, who was once declared by an oracle to be the son of Amon on earth.
Few people have been able to shape the cultural course of the world so decisively as Alexander the Great. Through the influence of his teacher Aristotle, the young king of Macedonia sowed the seeds of Greek architecture, philosophy and art in large parts of the Orient during his conquests.
The cities founded by him – particularly Alexandria in Egypt – soon became centres of culture, science and research in the dawning age of Hellenism.