Bracelet with engraved gem depicting a female head wearing earrings and a necklace

Hellenistic Period
late 4th–3rd century B.C.


Legacy dimension: .055 x .049

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, rock crystal

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Bracelets and armlets

A gold bracelet consisting of an engraved gem in rock crystal (depicting a female head wearing earrings and a necklace) with three sections of gold on either side. The first two section on either side are made of braided links with four small beads of gold on each; the third section, at the open ends, is a simple cone. The bracelet is an unusual example of the use and possible reuse of engraved gems for jewelry.


By date unknown: found near Smyrna by Telemachus Thomas Timayenis (b. 1853 - d. 1918), Boston; sold by T. T. Timayenis to "a class of young ladies"; June 24, 1887:gift to MFA by a class of young ladies, through Miss Bessie Andrew Talbot

Credit Line

Gift of a "class of young ladies"