DescriptionThe terminals of our stunning necklace are based on the conical finials ornamented with lion’s heads on an original gold collar (late 4th–3rd century B.C.) in the Museum’s collection. The chains from which the terminals hang are intertwined to form a Herakles Knot
24K gold overlay. Lightly antiqued. Lobster claw closure. Necklace: 16 1/2''L. Knot and tassel: 3 1/2''L.
- 24K gold overlay
- Lightly antiqued
- Lobster claw closure
- Knot and tassel: 3 1/2''LNecklace: 16 1/2''L
Art HistoryJewelry represents some of the greatest achievements in Greek art, highlighting beauty in classical times much as it does today. Artistic representations of daily activities, as well as literary accounts of historical events, reveal how affluent Greeks used jewelry to display wealth and prestige. Offered as gifts to the gods at turning points in people’s lives, jewelry was conspicuous in celebrations of marriage, birth, and military victory. Jewelry also accompanied people in death; the deceased could be buried wearing favorite pieces, or funerary adornments might be made especially for entombment.