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Diadem with Herakles knot

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A diadem (or headband) worn over a high female coiffure. The center is composed of a Herakles knot, whose strands are garlands of pointed leavees; a rosette, once inlaid with a stone, marks the center of the knot. The Herakles knot is hinged to sofa-capital-shaped plates, each set with a...

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By 1970: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W. 1, England (Sotheby auction, July 13, lot 150); purchased at the Sotheby auction by Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; May 12, 1971: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G.

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 200–150 B.C.


Overall: 47.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 cm, 55 gm (18 11/16 x 2 3/16 x 1/4 in., 0.12 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and garnet


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Diadems