Gold openwork hairnet with medallion

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 200–150 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Ptolemaic

Medium: Gold

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.