Clothing attachment with bands of radiating ornament

Hellenistic Period
about 200 B.C.


Diameter: 3.2 cm.

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

One of a group of three votive “shields” or discs, probably for attachment to clothing (see 1972.200 and 1972.201). The shield has three bands of radiating and running ornament in twisted wire filigree and granulation around a central rosette. The rosette has two raised tiers, the inner with 6 petals, the outer with eleven petals. Gold beads are placed at the center and in the outer petals of the rosette. Band 1 has sixteen tongues with clusters of fine granulation between their tips. Band 2 has twenty-six tongues with clusters of one to three granules between their tips. Band 3 is a braid. An astragal borders the shield. A loop in center of the back is for attachment.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; April 12, 1972: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund