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Gold cross-strap diadem with a Herakles knot set with five garnets

ca. 300–250 B.C.
Gold, garnet
width as mounted 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm) total H. as mounted 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) length of straps 7 1/2 in. (19 cm) H. of Herakles knot 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1958
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Both the diadem and the adjacent ring were found together in a tomb of the island of Ithaka.
Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1966. "Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Jewelry." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 24(9): pp. 274-5, figs. 12-3.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 35, p. 80, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Steinhart, Matthias and Eckhard Wirbelauer. 2002. Aus der Heimat des Odysseus : Reisende, Grabungen und Funde auf Ithaka und Kephallenia bis zum ausgehenden 19. Jahrhundert. pp. 210-2, pl. 11.2, figs. 37,57,83-86, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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