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Gold diadem with embossed decoration of cables, palmettes, chimaeras and lions. The diadem is broader in the middle (6, 3 cm) and narrower at the edges (5 cm). The lower edge is cut by two crescents. Those spaces were presumably meant to fit the upper profile of the ears when the diadem was worn.
- Production date
- 650BC (circa)
Length: 51 centimetres
Weight: 13.70 grammes (Domenici 1995, 70)
Weight: 213 grammes
Width: 6.30 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Domenici (1995, 72-84) argues that although it is said to have come from the Isis-Tomb in Vulci (VI century BC), it may come from the Regolini-Galassi Tomb in Caere instead. Domenici argues that the date of the Isis-Tomb (VI century BC) and the date of this diadem (mid of the VII century BC) do not match, which may raise doubts about the actual provenience of the diadem. It is otherwise important to consider that the diadem was perhaps an heirloom, when buried (Haynes 1977, 3-9; Strøm 1971, 190). The doubt on the provenience is anyway enhanced by the fact that there is no agreement around the corpus of Isis-Tomb’s content. Giovanni Pinza (Pinza 1915, pag.82) also suspected a provenience from the Regolini-Galassi tomb from Caere, based on parallels.
Brown, W. 1960. The Etruscan Lion. Oxford.
Cristofani, M. and Martelli, M. 1983. L`oro degli Etruschi. Novara.
Domenici, I. 1995. Oreficeria Etrusca al British Museum. Saggio di una revisione di una sezione del catalogo Marshall [unpublished thesis], Pavia.
Haynes, S. 1977. The Isis-Tomb, do its contents form a consistent group?, in La civiltá arcaica di Vulci e la sua espansione, Atti Grosseto 1975, Firenze, pages 17-29.
Higgins, R. A. 1961. Greek and Roman Jewellery. London.
Pinza, G. 1915. Materiali per la etnologia antica toscano-laziale I, Milano.
Strøm, I. 1971. Problems concerning the Origin and early Development of the Etruscan Orientalizing Style. Odense.
- On display (G71/dc20)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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