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    Gold box-bezel ring decorated with a maenad. The top of the bezel is formed from an embossed gold sheet showing a maenad dancing to the right, her left arm up over her head, drapery swirling above, and her right arm down, holding a thyrsos. To each side of her are filigree tendrils in spiral-beaded wire, ending in a corkscrew curl, and the scene is bordered with plain and rope wires with an outer rim of beaded wire. The vertical sides of the box bear spiral tendrils, also with corkscrew curls. The underside of the bezel is left plain apart from a central expansion hole. The hoop is formed of a sheet-gold tube overlaid with twisted wire ropes. The joint between hoop and bezel is decorated with a palmette with a superimposed rosette and a collar of ovolos.


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  • Date

    • 330BC-300BC
  • Production place

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2 centimetres (of bezel, maximum)
    • Thickness: 0.5 centimetres (of bezel)
    • Width: 2.4 centimetres (of hoop)
    • Weight: 6 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Williams and Ogden 1994

    Part of the Avola Hoard - found with 300 4thC BC gold coins of Syracuse and Persia.
    The corkscrew curls and many other features of this ring suggest that it is by the same Tarentine jeweller as BM GR 1896.6-16.1, 3 & 4 and BM GR 1985.2-15.1.
    BIBLIOGRAPHY: Williams, pl. 34, 1-2 (attributed to the Santa Eufemia Master).


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  • Exhibition history

    2013 3 April-19 Aug, Los Angeles, Getty Villa at the J Paul Getty Museum "Sicily: Between Greece and Rome"
    2013/14 Sept - Jan, Cleveland Art Museum, 'Sicily: Between Greece and Rome'

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    6 April 1995

    Treatment proposal

    Reinforce joints between shank and bezel. Req 59344


    Shank completely detached from bezel at one side and almost detached at the other. (Faulty original soldering and subsequent tearing)

    Treatment details

    Req 59344 April 95 Both joints between shank and bezel secured with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate).

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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Gold box-bezel ring decorated with a dancing maenad in relief.

Gold box-bezel ring decorated with a dancing maenad in relief.

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