Pair of gold armbands

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 200 B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: Overall: 10 7/16in., 0.4lb. (26.5cm, 0.2kg)
Other (height-triton armband): 9 13/16in. (25cm)
Other (height-tritoness armband): 10 7/16in. (26.5cm)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.11.5, .6


These imposing serpentine armbands represent two tritons, male and female, each holding a small winged Eros. The hoops behind the tritons' heads were used to attach the armbands to the sleeves of a garment, for otherwise, their weight (each over 6 1/2 ounces) would have caused them to slip down the arms.