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Gold strap necklace with seedlike pendants

ca. 330–300 B.C.
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); length 12 3/4 in. (32.3 cm); length of terminals 13/16 in. (2 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Gold strap necklace with seed-like pendants, part of the Madytos Jewelry.

This group of jewelry is said to have come from a tomb at Madytos on the European side of the Hellespont. The gold diadem is richly worked in repousse with an elaborate floral pattern. Dionysos, the god of wine, and his wife, Ariadne, sit in the center; muses playing musical instruments perch among the vines and along the sides. The tiny figure of a must playing a lyre also appears just above the crescent form on each of the boat-shaped earrings. The seedlike pendants of the earrings are identical to those on the elaborate necklace.
Said to be from Madytos in the Thracian Chersonesos

Robinson, Edward. 1906. "Greek Jewelry." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1(9): pp. 118–20.

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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 328–29, fig. 231, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 11, fig. 14, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 330–31, fig. 234, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Brøns, Cecilie. 2017. Gods and Garments : Textiles in Greek Sanctuaries in the 7th to the 1st Centuries B.C.. pp. 113–14, fig. 21, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

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