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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (south, Magna Graecia, made)

  • Date:

    400 BC-300 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with granulation and blue glass

  • Museum number:

    8855-1863

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 2, shelf D, box 3

This bracelet (pselia) is of a common type which consists of a pennanular rod with animal-head terminals. It originated in the Achaemenid world. Some bracelets were worn at the wrist, others like this one near the elbow, and the grandest were worn on the upper arm.

The glass rod is coloured with a cobalt blue pigment.
Animal-heads were a common feature in Greek jewellery, used on earrings, clasps and bracelets. Rams, lions, goats and bulls are the most frequently found.

Physical description

Bracelet with gold ram's-head terminals. The glass rod is coloured with a cobalt blue pigment.

Place of Origin

Italy (south, Magna Graecia, made)

Date

400 BC-300 BC (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold with granulation and blue glass

Dimensions

Height: 7.1 cm, Width: 7.8 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Object history note

Webb Collection

Descriptive line

Bracelet with gold ram's-head terminals and blue glass rod, made in Southern Italy (Magna Graecia), about 400-300 BC

Materials

Gold; Glass

Techniques

Granulation (metal decorating)

Subjects depicted

Aegicranes

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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