Date: ca. 200–150 B.C.
Culture: Greek, Ptolemaic
Dimensions: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) x 3 9/16 in. (9cm)
Classification: Gold and Silver
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1987
Accession Number: 1987.220
This hairnet, with its combination of delicate filigree, carefully hammered decorative bust, and spool-shaped beads, is a superb example of the Hellenistic goldsmith's skill. The medallion represents the head of a maenad, one of the female followers of the god Dionysos, wearing spiral earrings, a wreath of vine leaves and grapes, and a panther skin.