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Gold and glass bracelet with central medallion

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold and glass
Dimensions:
diameter 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Concordia Foundation Gift and Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.230
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
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.
Picón, Carlos A. 2001. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000-2001." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 59(2): p. 10.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2001. "One Hundred Thirty-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 131: p. 19.

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