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Diadem

Date:
1200–800 B.C.
Geography:
Made in Carpathian Basin region, east-central Europe
Culture:
Eastern European
Medium:
Copper Alloy
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 3/8 x 10 7/16 x 10 1/4 in. (13.7 x 26.5 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Purchase, Caroline Howard Hyman Gift, in memory of Margaret English Frazer, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.281.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
It is not clear precisely how this headpiece would have been worn, though stone sculptures from an earlier period suggest that the spiral terminals would have been in the back, pointing downward. Diadems, which are extremely rare, were probably worn exclusively by women and children of high rank.
[ Ward & Company Works of Art (American), New York (sold 2000)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2000-2001." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 59, no. 2 (Fall 2001). p. 8.

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