Collection online

medallion

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    WB.1.b

  • Description

    Bronze circular medallion; head of Ariadne in high relief, cast and chased with pendant ribbed ring below for use as handle; head turned to right with scarf over back of head, garland of ivy leaves and buds over forehead, hair in wavy tresses down the neck.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 100BC - 1BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 14.1 centimetres (medallion)
    • Diameter: 8.95 centimetres (handle)
    • Height: 22.2 centimetres
    • Depth: 7 centimetres
    • Weight: 1038 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Provenance: None is recorded.

    Commentary: The medallions were formerly described as litter handles, however the heads have now been re-attributed since the original British Museum catalogue and it is thought more likely that the handles are for something other than a litter, as the handles do not sit in a position which would make this practical. The deities depicted and the findspot near a cemetery suggest that the handles more likely belonged to a piece of funerary furniture such as a chest.

    Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 1, pl. I; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.1; H. Tait, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', British Museum, London, 1981, p. 13 and figs. 3-4; L. Summerer, 'Vier Hellenistische Bronzen Aus Amisos', in Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1998, pp.401-14.

    More 

  • Bibliography

    • Read 1902 1 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1927 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G2a/dc3

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Acquisition notes

    This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    WB.1.b

Bronze circular medallion, litter handle; head of Bacchante in high relief, cast and chased with pendant ribbed ring below for use as handle; head turned to left with fillet across forehead, two ribands issuing from the back of the head and a panther skin

Bronze circular medallion, litter handle; head of Bacchante in high relief, cast and chased with pendant ribbed ring below for use as handle; head turned to left with fillet across forehead, two ribands issuing from the back of the head and a panther skin

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: MCN3183

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...