Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Gold hoop with glass pendant in the form of a youthful head with negroid features

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 2nd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Gold, glass; cast in a two-part mold
Dimensions:
Other (Pendant): 7/8 x 7/16 x 3/8 in. (2.2 x 1.1 x 1 cm) Diameter (earing): 7/16 in. (1.2 cm)
Classifications:
Gold and Silver, Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4032
Not on view
Pendant:
Deep cobalt blue or purple, appearing black.
Head of a youth with negroid features: tight curled hair, slant eyes with prominent eyelids, broad nose, thick lips, and long neck; suspension loop projecting from top of head, pierced through sideways. Molded in a two-part mold with continuous seam running down sides of head and under neck.
Intact, except for part of nose; dulling, pitting, and patches of thick white weathering.
From Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. XVIII, 2, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4032, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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