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Pair of bracelets with rock crystal hoops and gold rams' heads

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 330–300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold, rock crystal
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/16 x 3 1/8 in. (7.8 x 8 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.11.11, .12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
The rock crystal hoops of these bracelets have been carefully cut, carved, and polished to produce a twisted appearance, highlighted by wire bindings fitted into the valleys. The rams' heads emerge from long, elaborate collars decorated with three friezes enclosed within bands of darts and bordered by plain and beaded wire. The upper frieze, an ivy chain on a vine, is tied at the center with a Herakles knot and bears four bunches of grapes; the middle frieze has palmettes with pointed leaves; the third frieze, a palmette complex.
Said to be from near Thessaloniki

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1937. "The Ganymede Jewelry." Bulletin of the Metropolian Museum of Art, 32(12): pp. 290-4, figs. 1, 3, 6.

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

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 156-57, 289, pl. 129g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Hoving, Thomas and Carmen Gómez-Moreno. 1973. "Gold." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 31(2): p. 85.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Joan R. Mertens. 1982. The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue. nos. S4-S5, pp. 4-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 32, p. 77, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 197, pp. 170, 440, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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