The tomb group represents one of the richest and most impressive sets of Etruscan jewelry ever found. It comprises a splendid gold and glass pendant necklace, a pair of gold and rock-crystal disk earrings, a gold dress fastener (fibula) decorated with a sphinx, a pair of plain gold fibulae, a gold dress pin, and five finger rings. Two of the rings have engraved scarabs that revolve on a swivel bezel; one is decorated with embossed satyr heads, and the other two have decorated gold bezels.
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Title:Set of jewelry
Date:early 5th century BCE
Medium:Gold, glass, rock crystal, agate, carnelian
Dimensions:L. of necklace 14 3/16 in. (36 cm); D. of disks 2 7/16 in. (6.1 cm); L. of fibula 1 15/16 in. (5 cm); L. of fibulae 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm); L. of pin 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); D. of ring with youth intaglio 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); D. of ring with Herakles intaglio 15/16 in. (2.4 cm); D. of ring with bird intaglio 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); D. of plain ring 31/32 (2.45 cm); D. of ring with lion intaglio 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:Gold and Silver
Credit Line:Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1940
Found in a tomb at Vulci (Richter 1940, p. 224).
1832, found in a tomb at Vulci; from at least 1834, collection of Rougemont de Löwenberg, purchased from Baron Beugnot, Paris; from 1930, on the art market, Europe; acquired 1940, purchased by Rosa Kraft, Lugano, Switzerland, from Charles Albert de Burlet, Basel, Switzerland, on behalf of the Museum.
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Campanari, Domenico. 1835. Bullettino dell'Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica, : pp. 203–5.
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