Pendant in the form of a bottle (unguentarium)

Greek
Classical Period
400–320 B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.02 H.

Accession Number

01.8162

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A pendant in the form of a bottle with cylindrical neck and egg-shaped body. The shape recalls perfume bottles (“unguentaria”). A hole in the base indicates that the terminal ornament is missing. The bottle is covered with filigree ornament. The neck, which is bordered above and below with twisted wire, is decorated with an undulating wire that forms slender, petal-like shapes. The body has three tiers of ornament. On the shoulder is a row of detached spirals. Below are two tiers of S-shaped spirals with large, tightly-wound ends. Emerging between each pair of spirals are elongated, slightly convex petals, alternately pointed up and down, outlined with filigree.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Sicily.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution