Spiral

Italic
Orientalizing Period
7th century B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.055 D.

Accession Number

02.285

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

Gold spirals are often found in 7th century Etruscan tombs. Their function is uncertain but possibly they served as hair ornaments, earrings, or pendants. It is composed of filigree of gold wire; the ends are shield-shaped.

Provenance

According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; May 1, 1902: gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann