Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of gold armbands

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 200 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 7/16in., 0.4lb. (26.5cm, 0.2kg) Other (height-triton armband): 9 13/16in. (25cm) Other (height-tritoness armband): 10 7/16in. (26.5cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.11.5, .6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
These imposing serpentine armbands represent two tritons, male and female, each holding a small winged Eros. The hoops behind the tritons' heads were used to attach the armbands to the sleeves of a garment, for otherwise, their weight (each over 6 1/2 ounces) would have caused them to slip down the arms.
Redmond, Roland L. and James J. Rorimer. 1959. "Review of the Year 1958-1959: Report of the President and of the Director." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 18(2): p. 30.

Bruneau, Philippe and Claude Vatin. 1964. "Une nouvelle mosaïque a Délos." Bulletin de correspondance hellénique, 88: p. 263, fig. 7.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1966. "Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Jewelry." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 24(9): p. 134.

Rousseau, Theodore. 1970. "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 29(3): p. 134.

Hoving, Thomas and Carmen Gómez-Moreno. 1973. "Gold." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 31(2): p. 96.

Reinsberg, Carola. 1980. Studien zur hellenistischen Toreutik: Die antiken Gipsabgüsse aus Memphis, Hildesheimer ägyptologische Beiträge, Vol. 9. p. 58, n. 198, Hildesheim: Gerstenberg Verlag.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Joan R. Mertens. 1982. The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue. nos. S63-S64, p. 19, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 62, p. 83, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 37, pp. 82-83, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1997. Thespiades-Zodiacus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 8. Tritones, no. 59, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 193, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

Williams, Dyfri. 1998. The Art of the Greek Goldsmith. p. 98 n. 12, London: British Museum Press.

Walter-Karydi, Elena. 1998. "Dangerous is Beautiful. The Elemental Quality of a Hellenistic Scylla." Regional Schools in Hellenistic Sculpture: Proceedings of an International Conference Held at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, March 15-17, 1996, Dr. Olga Palagia and William Coulson, eds. p. 271 n. 2, fig. 3, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Picón, Carlos A. 2000. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1999-2000." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 58(2): p. 11.

Jackson, Monica. 2006. Hellenistic Gold Eros Jewellery: Technique, Style and Chronology, BAR International Series. pl. 28. 1, Oxford: Archaeopress.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 229, pp. 193, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2009. "Glass and Gold of the Hellenistic and Early Roman World." Philippe de Montebello and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977-2008, James R. Houghton, ed. pp. 20-1, fig. 27, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lapatin, Kenneth. 2015. Luxus: The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome. no. 39, pp. 74, 232, pl. 39, Los Angeles, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 166, p. 231, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Objects

Gold earrings with disk and boat-shaped pendant

Date: ca. 300 B.C. Medium: Gold Accession: 48.11.2, .3 On view in:Gallery 158

Ganymede jewelry

Date: ca. 330–300 B.C. Medium: Gold, rock crystal, emerald Accession: 37.11.8–.17 On view in:Gallery 158

Gold and copper alloy spiral earring with lion-griffin head terminal

Date: 1st half of the 4th century B.C. Medium: Gold Accession: 74.51.3370 On view in:Gallery 176

Gold armband with Herakles knot

Date: 3rd–2nd century B.C. Medium: Gold inlaid with garnets, emeralds, and enamel Accession: 1999.209 On view in:Gallery 163

Gold phiale (libation bowl)

Date: 4th–3rd century B.C. Medium: Gold Accession: 62.11.1 On view in:Gallery 163