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Diadem in the form of a Herakles knot

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The knot originally formed the centerpiece of a headband (diadem). Two intertwined loops of tubing edged with beaded wire form the Herakles knot (or square knot). Delicate floral ornaments overlie the knot; at the center is a palmette embellished with a tiny central acanthus leaf; the palmette...

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By date unknown: with Giuseppe Nervegna at Brindisi (with 99.371, 372, 373, 374); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: purchased of Signor. Giuseppe Nervegna at Brindisi who had the five from Squinzano where they were all found together); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, 320–280 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Taranto, Apulia, Italy


Length x width: 7.2 x 4.2 cm (2 13/16 x 1 5/8) Weight: 36.55 gm (0.08 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Diadems