Western Greek 350BC-330BC Gold necklace composed of: a) eight beads decorated with filigree spirals and beaded wire; b) eight half acorns hanging from triple rosettes decorated in filigree; c) seven large female heads, two of which have cows' ears and horns and so represent Io; the central head has a pendant amphora surmounted by a six-petalled rosette; d) eight small female heads suspended from six-petalled rosettes between crescents; e)
Hellenistic Gold Oak Wreath, c. 4th-3rd Century BC. A Greek Hellenistic diadem wreath comprising numerous projecting sprays of sheet-gold oak leaves in two sizes with serrated edges and veins. The most famous of such wreaths is the example from Vergina in the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. The oak leaves may symbolize the power of Zeus, who was often represented by the oak tree. This is a finely detailed example of the type executed with great skill.
Ancient Greek decorative Diadem, After the destruction of the magnificent Mycenaean centers there were economic difficulties and that is why the jewellery samples that we have from this era are only a few, mainly from copper, a few iron and only the minimum volume is golden. Since gold is not in abundance in Greece, goldsmiths and their art cease to exist.
GREEK GOLD SPHINX EARRINGS, 4TH CENTURY BC. Originally an Egyptian mythological creature, the sphinx was adapted by the Greeks and appears frequently in Greek art. In some versions of Greek mythology, the sphinx was the offspring of the monster Echidna (half nymph and half snake) and Orthos (the hound of Geryon).
Hellenistic Gold & Amethyst Erotes Earrings, 3rd Century BC These two gems, which are nearly identical but symmetric, were certainly a pair. They were each made of three elements. The first is a long, gold wire, bent into a hook shape for insertion into the earlobe. Soldered to this hook is a disk that is fashioned into a seven-petal rosette with a central sphere and edges in twisted gold wire. The second part is an amethyst bead suspended from the disk by a ring made of gold wire. The ...