Large bronze neck piece of triangular form with slightly raised rectangular collars off-setting the tapering hooked terminals.
The front embellished with carefully incised and stamped ornament. A large wheel enclosing a rosette at center, the zones between the six petals stippled. Stamped concentric circles evenly distributed in the remaining field, all enclosed within a double border of hatched triangles.
For a pectoral of similar form cf. lot no. 80 (fig. 1) in: D. von Bothmer. Glories of the Past, Ancient Art form the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection. New York 1990.
For the style of the engraving compare the belt in the Harvard University Art Museums, no. 60 in: S. Langdon. From Pasture to Polis, Art in the Age of Homer. Columbia 1993.
Northern Greek, Geometric Period, 725-675 BC
W. 33 cm (13 in)
H. with stand 15.8 cm (6.2 in)
Intact, fine condition. Overall blue-green surface patina. Lightly cleaned on the from to reveal the decoration. Custom metal mount.
American private collection, thence Arte Primitivo, New York, 2009.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.