Three rosettes from a wreath or diadem
Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–300 B.C.
Diameter: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
The six-petalled flower heads are cut from sheet gold. The bud- or onion-shaped centers are overlaid with seven tongues outlined with filigree wire and are topped with a bead. From the centers radiate out respectively 19-, 20-, and 21-wire stamens, each of which ends in a bead. The heavy, oxidized silver stems are bent for attachment to a larger series of metallic decorations.
By date unknown: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York, N.Y. 10021; June 8, 1970: purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor
John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund