Necklace clasp in the form of a Herakles knot

Early Hellenistic Period
320–280 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Taranto


Overall: 2.1 x 4.3cm (13/16 x 1 11/16in.) Weight: 11.67 gm (0.03 lb.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

Necklace clasp in the form of a Herakles knot decorated with filigree floral motifs. An palmette-and-acanthus leaf attachment is fastened to center of the knot. Four rosette attachments (originally colored with paste or enamel) are fastened to the ends and another covers the join of the two knots. Two loops for fastening emerge at either end of the long axis.


By date unknown: with Giuseppe Nervegna at Brindisi (with 99.372, 373, 374, 375); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: purchased of Signor. Giuseppe Nervegna at Brindisi who had the five from Squinzano where they were all found together); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund