Necklace with spear point pendants

Hellenistic Period
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.

Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes


Length (a): 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.) (b) 1.03 cm. (3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

A narrow strap, of which two sections survive, is braided from seven strands of fine gold wire. From the strap are suspended tiny rosettes in a thick row, and from them hang small spear-point pendants, with tiny balls on the end of each point. About 94 of the spear points are preserved. Each strap section includes one end of the clasp. Each clasp end has a collar of 3 rings and 3 laurel leaves in filigree, and the field is decorated with an ivy leaf and a ring with tendrils in filigree.
Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include 97.290-97.345, 98.790-98.794, 98.798, 98.893, 99.438, and 21.1213.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Erotes tomb [at Eretria].);1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund