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Gold snake ring

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 330–300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Other: 7/8in. (2.2cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1217.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Gold snake ring, ending in serpents' heads, part of the Madytos Jewelry.

This group of jewelry is said to have come from a tomb at Madytos on the European side of the Hellespont. The gold diadem is richly worked in repousse with an elaborate floral pattern. Dionysos, the god of wine, and his wife, Ariadne, sit in the center; muses playing musical instruments perch among the vines and along the sides. The tiny figure of a must playing a lyre also appears just above the crescent form on each of the boat-shaped earrings. The seedlike pendants of the earrings are identical to those on the elaborate necklace.
Said to be from Madytos in the Thracian Chersonesos

Robinson, Edward. 1906. "Greek Jewelry." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1(8): pp. 118-20.

Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 52, fig. 114, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 156, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 69, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Joan R. Mertens. 1982. The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue. no. S12, pp. 6-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 66, p. 114, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 168, pp. 149, 436, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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