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Pair of gold and blue glass bracelets with lions' head finials

Late Classical or Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
Gold, blue stone
Other: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1957
Accession Number:
57.11.8, .9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
The use of blue glass for the body is an unusual feature for this type of bracelet. Through time the glass has acquired a gray surface; but, when fresh, the effect of the blue against the gold must have been stunning.
Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1966. "Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Jewelry." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(9): p. 274, fig. 10.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. p. 46, fig. 39, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Svyatoslav, Konkin V. 2012. "Artistic Features of Antiquity Glass : Aspects of Combining Glass and Gold." Ph.D. Diss. p. 29, fig. II.2.27. Moscow.

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