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Sheath, part of a diadem

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The sheath, probably a segment of a gold diadem, has a flat back and a highly decorated curved upper part. A band of three filigree palmettes decorates the top of the sheath. An acanthus leaf attachment covered the base of each palmette (two of the three remain). The palmettes are connected with...

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By date unknown: with Giuseppe Nervegna at Brindisi (with 99.371, 372, 374, 375); 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

Apulia, Italy


Weight: 17.12 gm (0.04 lb.) Overall: 10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment