Neck ornament

Found in Egypt
Late Antique Period
3rd-4th century A.D.(?)

Findspot: Egypt


Overall: 56.9 x 15.8 cm (22 3/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool, linen, and gold-wrapped silk thread slit tapestry

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground of dark brownish purple wool; deisgn of green, red and brown wool, natural-colored linen and gold wrapped silk; consists of two squares, one slightly larger than the other, connected by two bands; the larger square represents dolphins and marine deities, including nereids, erotes and a triton; the square panel at the other end shows a sea creature holding a rudder; the two bands display jewel-like motifs and three heads in each band; the central head, crowned by wreaths, probably represents Dionysus.


By 1946, Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris; 1946, sold by Mallon to the MFA for $22,500 [see note 1]. (Accession date: May 9, 1946)

[1] 46.401 and 46.402 were purchased together for this price.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund