Roundel with Apollo

Hellenistic Period
150–100 B.C.


Diameter: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver gilt, eyes originally inlaid in another material

Not On View


The Ancient World



Roundel, with head of Apollo in relief. Surface gilded, eyes once inlaid. Apollo appears as a musician, a corner of his lyre visible over his left shoulder. There is a laurel wreath on his wavy hair. Tresses fall over his shoulders. The border of the roundel is an encircling wreath of laurel leaves with beading on the inner edge. Some pitting and darkening of gilding; part of background missing and broken; relief portions complete and in excellent condition.
The roundel probably served as a phalera (an ornament of a horse’s headstall).


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 26, 1985

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour