Belt or diadem

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


Dimensions

65 cm (25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.120

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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