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Wreath with detached stem including leaves and detached berries
Greece (Place created)
300 - 100 B.C.
21.7 x 64.5 cm (8 9/16 x 25 3/8 in.)
Two hollow wires that fasten in the front with a simple hook and eye form the framework of this
Gold wreaths such as this one derive their form from wreaths of real leaves worn in religious ceremonies and given as prizes in athletic and artistic contests. Because of their fragility, gold wreaths were probably not meant to be worn. They were dedicated to the gods in sanctuaries and placed in graves as funerary offerings. Although known in earlier periods, gold wreaths became much more frequent in the Hellenistic age, probably due in large part to the greatly increased availability of gold in the Greek world following the eastern conquests of
Robin Symes (London, England), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1990.
1990 - 1992
and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.
"Acquisitions/1992." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 21 (1993), p. 109, no. 13.
Grossman, Janet Burnett. Athletes in Antiquity: Works from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Exh. cat. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002. p. 7, no. 2.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) p. 90.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 89.