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Gold armband with Herakles knot

3rd–2nd century B.C.
Gold inlaid with garnets, emeralds, and enamel
3 1/2in. (8.9cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Christos G. Bastis Gift, 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
The Herakles knot on this sumptuous armband is enriched with floral decoration and inlaid with garnets, emeralds, and enamel. According to the Roman writer Pliny, the decorative device of the Herakles knot could cure wounds, and its popularity in Hellenistic jewelry suggests that it was thought to have the power to avert evil.
Since 1950s, private collection, Hamburg, Germany; [November 14, 1986, purchased by N. Horiuchi through Münzen und Medaillen, Basel]; [purchased by K. Ishiguro from N. Horiuchi]; until 1996, collection of K. Ishiguro (and heirs), Tokyo; [1996-1999, with Ariadne Galleries, New York]; acquired in 1999, purchased from Ariadne Galleries.
Münzen und Medaillen A.G. 1986. Kunstwerke der Antike. November 14, 1986. no. 178, p. 53, pl. 29.

Gallery Mikazuki. 1996. Exhibition of Ancient Near-East, Mediterranean Art and Archaeology: 13th Fed. [sic]-8th Mar. 1996. no. 12, Tokyo: Gallery Mikazuki, Tokyo.

Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, Christopher S. Lightfoot, and Seán Hemingway. 2000. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1999–2000: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 58(2): pp. 10–11.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 227, pp. 192, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2009. "Glass and Gold of the Hellenistic and Early Roman World." Philippe de Montebello and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977-2008, James R. Houghton, ed. p. 21, fig. 32, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. p. 150, fig. 52, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 175, p. 238, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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