Medallion with bust of Artemis, and chain

Greek or Thracian
Hellenistic Period
2nd or early 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Diameter: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

59.310

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Pendants

The medallion of thin gold has no backing; it depicts a bust of Artemis in relief, her head turned slightly to the right. She wears her quiver over her right shoulder and her peplos is pinned at the shoulders. Pairs of loops attached to the border above and below suggest a network of chains held the medallion in place. The heavy loop-in-loop chain terminates in rings.

Provenance

Date unknown: according to a letter from Mrs. J. Gardner Bradley on May 28, 1959, the pendant was purchased by Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears from Dr. Hirsch in Paris on the advice of Matthew S. Prichard; by date unknown: Mrs. J. Gardner Bradley Collection (given to her at unknown date by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Cameron Bradley, daughter of Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears); May 14, 1959: gift to MFA of Mrs. J. Gardner Bradley in memory of Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. J. Gardner Bradley in memory of Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears