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Gold spirals are often found in 7th century Etruscan tombs. Their function is uncertain but possibly they served as hair ornaments, earrings, or pendants. It is composed of filigree of gold wire; the ends are shield-shaped.


According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; May 1, 1902: gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann

Italic, Orientalizing Period, 7th century B.C.


Legacy dimension: 0.055 D.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment