Gold, garnet, and agate necklace and earrings

Period: Late Hellenistic

Date: 1st century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Gold, garnet, agate

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.230.4–.6


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.