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Gold, garnet, and agate necklace and earrings

Late Hellenistic
1st century B.C.
Gold, garnet, agate
Other (1994.230.4): 15 in. (38.1 cm) Length (1994.230.5): 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) Length (1994.230.6): 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
The necklace and earrings form a matching set; all are decorated with a large cabochon garnet. The chain loops on the earrings are unusual and must have been made to pass round the back of the ear lobe so that the garnet and gold decoration covered the front of the ear itself. Such fine Late Hellenistic parures are rare in comparison to the material from the rich burials of the early part of the Hellenistic period.
Herrmann, Ariel and Dr. Seán Hemingway. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1994-1995." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 53(2): p. 15.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1995. "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 125: p. 16.

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. p. 21, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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