Bead necklace with gazelle-head finials

Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Campania or Apulia


Length: 38.3 cm (15 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and garnet

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

The chain consists of beads joined by gold links; transparent brown beads, held in filigree-outlined rosette-cup settings, alternate with spherical gold beads, smooth except for filigree ornament around their openings. The finials are schematized gazelles’ heads with inlaid eyes and small, once-inlaid discs arranged like bridle ornaments. A bead in a capsule setting forms the collar of each. (A. Herrmann in The Search for Alexander, cat. no. 75)


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Florence and said to have been found at Nola); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund