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  • Description

    Miniature tiara; gold; with repoussé decoration in low relief; the upper part pierced; in the form of a cone-shaped helmet; at the top a coiled snake; below a band of scales between an open-work band of palmettes and a frieze of acanthus scroll; the central figural band depicts episodes from the Iliad: Briseis returned by Odysseus to Achilles, seated on a throne; Achilles pouring a libation before the funeral pyre of Patroclus; two smaller scenes in between: Briseis lamenting, and Odysseus leading off the horses of Rhesos; below, scenes of hunting, animal combats etc; at the base of the central zone, a castellated wall with Greek inscription, stating the tiara to be a head-dress offered to the Scythian King, Saitaphenes, by the inhabitants of the city of Olbia in the Crimea; signature inside.


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  • Date

    • 1903-1909 (circa)
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  • Bibliography

    • Jones 1990a 4b bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G47/dc11

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Trojan War
  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Iliad
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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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