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Pair of gold armbands

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 200 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 7/16in., 0.4lb. (26.5cm, 0.2kg) Other (height-triton armband): 9 13/16in. (25cm) Other (height-tritoness armband): 10 7/16in. (26.5cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.11.5, .6
  • Description

    These imposing serpentine armbands represent two tritons, male and female, each holding a small winged Eros. The hoops behind the tritons' heads were used to attach the armbands to the sleeves of a garment, for otherwise, their weight (each over 6 1/2 ounces) would have caused them to slip down the arms.

  • References

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1973. Gold, 31(2): p. 96.

    Reinsberg, Carola. 1980. Studien zur hellenistischen Toreutik: Die antiken Gipsabgüsse aus Memphis, Hildesheimer ägyptologische Beiträge, Vol. 9. Hildesheim: Gerstenberg Verlag, p. 58, n. 198.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich and Joan R. Mertens. 1982. The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, nos. S63-S64, p. 19.

    Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, no. 37, pp. 82-83.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1997. Thespiades-Zodiacus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Tritones, no. 59.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2000. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1999-2000." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 58(2): p. 11.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 229, pp. 193, 450.

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