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Pair of gold earrings with disk and boat-shaped pendant

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 330–300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 in., 0.2lb. (7.6 cm, 0.1kg) Diam.: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1217.11, .12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Pair of gold earrings with elaborate disc and boat-shaped pendant, part of the Madytos Jewelry.

This group of jewelry is said to have come from a tomb at Madytos on the European side of the Hellespont. The gold diadem is richly worked in repousse with an elaborate floral pattern. Dionysos, the god of wine, and his wife, Ariadne, sit in the center; muses playing musical instruments perch among the vines and along the sides. The tiny figure of a must playing a lyre also appears just above the crescent form on each of the boat-shaped earrings. The seedlike pendants of the earrings are identical to those on the elaborate necklace.
Said to be from Madytos in the Thracian Chersonesos

Robinson, Edward. 1906. "Greek Jewelry." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1(8): pp. 118–20.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 150, fig. 95, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 328, fig. 230, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 29, fig. 55, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 330, fig. 233, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Grancsay, Stephen V. 1940. "The Art of the Jeweler: A Special Exhibition." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 35(11): pp. 211, 216.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 156, 289, pl. 129a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Joan R. Mertens. 1982. The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue. nos. S21–22, pp. 6–7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bordenache Battaglia, Gabrielle. 1991. "Ori da una piccola tomba presso Bolsena (scavi 1861) 'restauro' e rielaborazioni neoclassiche Castellani." Bollettino d' Arte, 68-69: p. 16, pl.II, fig.a–d.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 63, pp. 110–11, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Baines, Robert. 1998. "Researching the Hidden and the Revealed." Knowledge Makers: papers from the Craft Victoria forum on research and craft practice, 19 July 1997, Suzie Attiwill, ed. p. 47–50, figs. 15–16, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia: Craft Victoria.

Pandermalis, Dimitrios. 2004. Alexander the Great: Treasures from an Epic Era of Hellenism no. 9, p. 127, New York: The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc.

Jackson, Monica. 2006. Hellenistic Gold Eros Jewellery: Technique, Style and Chronology, BAR International Series. pl. 7,3, Oxford: Archaeopress.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 168, pp. 149, 436, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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