Belt or diadem

Near Eastern, Anatolian
Bronze Age
about 2400 B.C.


65 cm (25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

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)

Credit Line

Centennial purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay