Neck ornament

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

Findspot: Egypt


Overall: 51.3 x 12 cm (20 3/16 x 4 3/4 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 a square and an octagon connected by two bands; in the octagon is Dionysus and Ariadne identified by an inscription and in the square is a bust crowned by a wreath, probably representing Dionysus; each of the two bands encloses jewel-like motifs that simulate a necklace.


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