Chain necklace with beads and gazelle-head finials

Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Taranto


Length: 38. 8 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

A gold loop-in-loop chain is punctuated between every three links with a link-set carnelian bead. The finials are naturalistically modeled gold gazelles’ heads. One preserves its collar, a capsule-set cylinder of a grayish-white material.


By date unknown: with Guiseppe Nervegna in Brindisi; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought of Nervegna in Brindisi. Said to be from Taranto, and he would know.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund