Belt or diadem
Near Eastern, Anatolian
about 2400 B.C.
65 cm (25 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Belt or diadem with spiralling lotus flower at its center and two hooks behind, made of sheet gold. These ornaments appear to have formed the burial jewelry of a high-born woman, not unlike the gold treasures found by Heinrich Schliemann at Troy in 1878. Certain Egyptian motifs, such as the lotus designs on this diadem, suggest commerce and sea ties between Egypt and coastal Asia Minor in the mid-third millennium BC.
1968, sold by George Zacos (dealer), Basel, Switzerland, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1968)
Centennial purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay