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An ancient greek lid

An ancient greek lid

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1329131

Please refer to our stock # 20141671 when inquiring.
J. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art
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TITLE: Lid CULTURE: Greek PERIOD: 5th Century BC MATERIAL: Ivory and gold DIMENSIONS: Diameter 8.2 cm. REF: 20141671 PRICE: 3,500 Euros PROVENANCE: Private collection of H.M., Brussels. Acquired in the 1970s. CONDITION: The ivory has suffered from some fracturing and flaking, but has been professionally restored without additions being made. DESCRIPTION: This is a delicate circular lid made of ivory with floral details engraved on it through incisions. A small semi-sphere projects in the centre covered with a fine lamina of gold. Twelve petals, imitating those of a flower, spread out from the centre covering the whole of the lid. The entire edge is decorated with a border of double curving lines between which there is a band of small petals sloping at an angle. By comparison with similar pieces we can deduce that it is a lid or base of a recipient intended for female cosmetics, probably by a wealthy person in the Greek period. This would most surely be from a funerary context, as pieces of well-preserved ivory like this have only been found in tombs, as part of the grave goods.

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