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Beautiful and X-Large Greek Gold Floral Diadem

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1224144

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Beautiful and X-Large Greek Gold Floral 
Diadem
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This beautiful piece is a Greek gold diadem that dates circa mid to late 4th century B.C. This piece is extremely large for the type, and is approximately 13.75 inches long by 3.9 inches high. This piece is complete and is in superb to mint condition, with no repairs and/or restoration. This piece also has some minute mineral deposits and root marking. This piece also has detailed and intricate repousse floral decoration, with a central anthemion composed of an elaborate palmette with emerging spiral tentrils that run from the center to both ends of this striking piece. This piece has a pediment design, and along with the central anthemion design, are architectural elements that are seen on sacred Greek temples and monuments. The ends of this piece are pierced with two holes so that it could be fitted with a cord and tied to the forehead. This piece may have been used in ceremony, and was also likely a funeral offering that represents eternal life with the symbolic decorative floral elements. This piece was made by pressing a single piece of sheet gold into a design carved intaglio in a die, and one large die was used to produce the whole design in one process, rather than one or more smaller dies being used sequentially. This piece is analogous to another example seen in "Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World" by Dyfri Williams and Jack Ogden, Abrams Pub., New York, 1994, no. 44., but the piece offered here is a much larger example, and is rarely seen in this x-large size. This beautiful piece has a high degree of eye appeal, as it has a brilliant gold color, and comes with a custom black plexiglas display case. Ex: Private New York collection. Ex: Private German collection, circa 1980's. Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser. I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:


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