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Pair of gold roundels

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th–4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
1: H. 1 3/8 in (3.5 cm),
diameter outside: 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm), inside: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
2: H. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm),
diameter outside: 3 in. (7. 6 cm), inside: 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. Torkom Demirjian, in honor of Philippe de Montebello's 25th anniversary as Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.569.1, .2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The function of these exquisite roundels, a type of Greek goldwork especially popular in southern Italy, is uncertain. They may have been used as stands for core-formed glass vessels or they may have served as a type of hair ornament or as large earrings, as they are typically found in pairs.
Milleker, Elizabeth J., Christopher S. Lightfoot, and Seán Hemingway. 2003. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2002–2003: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 61(2): p. 7.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2003. "One Hundred Thirty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 133: p. 23.

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