Sheath, part of a diadem

Early Hellenistic Period
320–280 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia


Weight: 17.12 gm (0.04 lb.) Overall: 10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

The sheath, probably a segment of a gold diadem, has a flat back and a highly decorated curved upper part. A band of three filigree palmettes decorates the top of the sheath. An acanthus leaf attachment covered the base of each palmette (two of the three remain). The palmettes are connected with S-scrolls that have a small bead in the center. Scattered granules fill some of the background. A border of herringbone pattern filigree wire borders the palmettes above and below. A row of filigree tongues hangs from the lower border. The rest of the front is decorated with criss-crossing bands of braided filigree; small discs cover the central intersections. Ivy leaves (some missing) are attached to the filigree as well.


By date unknown: with Giuseppe Nervegna at Brindisi (with 99.371, 372, 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