Date: 3rd–2nd century B.C.
Medium: Gold inlaid with garnets, emeralds, and enamel
Dimensions: 3 1/2in. (8.9cm)
Classification: Gold and Silver
Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Christos G. Bastis Gift, 1999
Accession Number: 1999.209
The Herakles knot on this sumptuous armband is enriched with floral decoration and inlaid with garnets, emeralds, and enamel. According to the Roman writer Pliny, the decorative device of the Herakles knot could cure wounds, and its popularity in Hellenistic jewelry suggests that it was thought to have the power to avert evil.