Gold and glass bracelet with central medallion
- 2nd century B.C.
- Gold and glass
- diameter 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
- Gold and Silver
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, The Concordia Foundation Gift and Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund, 2001
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The most distinctive feature of this bracelet or armlet is the treatment of the outer surfaces of the hoops, which are covered with a delicate network of filigree created by placing parallel rows of wire in a zigzag pattern and dotting the points of contact with granules. This unusual decoration is best paralleled in a few exceptional works from Thessaly. It is a rare forerunner of a popular kind of Roman bracelet featuring twisted hoops and hinged box settings decorated with gemstones.