Clothing attachment with bands of vegetal ornament

Hellenistic Period
about 200 B.C.


Diameter: 3.5 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 1972.202). This shield is decorated with four concentric bands of running ornment in filigree wire around a central rosette in two layers. The inner layer of the rosette has ten petals, the outer twelve. Band 1: ten tightly wound S-spirals. Band 2, laurel or live wreath with circles between each pair of leaves. The left branch has nine pairs of leaves, the right eight pairs. The branches spring from a cluster of four laurel leaves and terminate in an ivy leaf. Band 3 is a vine with undulating stem with spiral branchings. Rings (indicating calyces) circle the points of branching, and buds spring out between the branchings. Band 4 is a braid. Beaded wire forms the shield’s border. A loop in center 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