Wreath of olive leaves

Greek
Late Classical or Hellenistic Period
4th century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Western Turkey (possibly)

Dimensions

Diameter (of wreath): about 16 cm (of ornament): 9.4 cm

Accession Number

67.88

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

Gold wreath of olive leaves, in two halves joined by a Herakles knot. The leaves project from the round hollow stem by small stalks; bead-like berries are strung on fine wire which come from the same hole as leaf-stalks. The central vein is impressed on each leaf.

There was a fashion among Macedonian royalty and elite to be buried with gold foil wreaths, probably reflecting the generalized function of the wreath as an honorific.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to be from western Asia Minor, perhaps near Miletus); February 8, 1967: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund