Orientalizing Period
650–575 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, the Peloponnesos


Length: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold; solid cast, with beading and incision

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

The pin is topped by a thick, disk-shaped plaque, which suggests a flower. It has a central sub-spherical button surrounded by eight slightly convex tongues or petals with double contour lines. The edge of the upper surface is bordered with beading and a plain ridge. The thick edge of the plaque is embellished with beading flanked by plain ridges. The underside of the plaque repeats the decoration of the upper surface, but the petals here are concave. Below is a spool-shaped form with beaded edges. Below it is a six-lobed seed pod (or pomegranate), with double ridges separating the lobes. Below is another spool with beaded edges, followed by a convex torus, and below it is yet another beaded spool with a slender channel.


By date unknown: Content Family Collection, U.K. (previously in a private European collection); by April 2002: with Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., 984 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021; purchased by MFA from Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., June 26, 2002

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund