GREEK-HELLENISTIC GOLD DIADEM WITH LAUREL LEAVES

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Measurements: 15 cm –length

 

Description: An exquisite Greek Hellenistic gold diadem composed of a twisted sheet strip interspersed with laurel leaves, each one carefully cut from thin gold sheet. This delicate piece testifies the great refinement and attention to details of Greek goldsmiths during the Hellenistic period.

 

Diadems, coming from the Ancient Greek word διαδεω, meaning “to bind around”, originated in the Achaemenid Empire and later, under Alexander the Great, they became closely associated with royalty. From the 4th century BC, during the Hellenistic period, gold diadems were worn by elite women with social and ceremonial meanings: as a piece of jewellery, diadems, would have been considered a way to express a person’s wealth and social status.

 

This beautiful example displays a delicate decoration of laurel leaves, meaning to imitate its natural counterpart. In ancient Greek culture and mythology laurel was associated with the concept of triumph and with the Greek god Apollo.

 

Provenance: From the Gottfried and Helga Hertel collection. Cologne, acquired prior to 2000.

 

Period: Circa 3rd Century BC.

 

Condition: Fine, extremely delicate and fragile. Restrung.

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