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Gold appliqués

Early Hellenistic
late 4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian
diameter 1/2in. (1.3cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1895
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The appliqués comprise several groups, including stars, crescents, and pelta (small shield) shapes, as well as three single examples—a palmette, an acanthus frond, and a star with sixteen rays. They were used to adorn a garment or, possibly, a headdress such as the polos worn by the two terracotta busts also displayed here.
Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 48, fig. 103, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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