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Gold openwork hairnet with medallion

ca. 200–150 B.C.
Greek, Ptolemaic
2 3/8 in. (6 cm) x 3 9/16 in. (9cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
This hairnet, with its combination of delicate filigree, carefully hammered decorative bust, and spool-shaped beads, is a superb example of the Hellenistic goldsmith's skill. The medallion represents the head of a maenad, one of the female followers of the god Dionysos, wearing spiral earrings, a wreath of vine leaves and grapes, and a panther skin.
#1079. Gold openwork hairnet with medallion
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Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 197, p. 254, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Musée du Petit Palais. 1997. La Gloire d'Alexandrie. no. 108, p. 164, Paris: Musée du Petit Palais.

Pfrommer, Michael. 1999. Alexandria, im Schatten der Pyramiden. p. 9, fig. 5, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 228, pp. 192, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 160, p. 227, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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