Roundels

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


Dimensions

Diameter (max): 51-53 mm.

Accession Number

68.116.1-23

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

Twenty-three large roundels, with soldered loop at top for suspension, decorated with concentric circles aroung a central boss and edged with a row of dots punched from behind. Cut from 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 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