The J. Paul Getty Museum

Bracelet

Object Details

Title:

Bracelet

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Roman Empire (Place Created)

Date:

about A.D. 379–395

Medium:

Gold

Object Number:

83.AM.227.3

Dimensions:

1.4 × 6.3 cm (9/16 × 2 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

A simple gold band with plain flanged edges forms this openwork bracelet. A vegetal scroll weaves across the surface of the band, into which hunting scenes are inserted. On one side a hound chases a stag, while on the other a hound pursues a hare.

Vegetal scrolls enlivened with figures among the leaves and vines began in Hellenistic art and remained popular throughout Roman art. The theme of the hunt was also a favorite subject in Late Roman art, taking on a larger, metaphorical meaning of victory in combat. Here, however, the hunt scenes include animals only and not the hunter.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1983

Robin Symes, Limited, Founded 1977, dissolved 2005 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Screw Between Power and Splendor (April 8 to October 29, 1995)
  • Museum Würth (Künzelsau), April 8 to July 16, 1995
  • Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart), July 30 to October 29, 1995
Bibliography
Bibliography

Deppert-Lippitz, Barbara. "Three Early Byzantine Ornaments," Muse 26 (1992), pp. 46-52, p. 49, fig. 4.

Deppert-Lippitz, Barbara. "A Group of Late Antique Jewelry in the Getty Museum," Studia Varia from the J. Paul Getty Museum 1. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 8 (1993), pp. 107-140, p. 120, no. 6; figs. 12a-c.

Deppert-Lippitz, Barbara. "L'opus interrasile des orfevres romains," Outils et ateliers d'orfevres des temps romains. Antiquites nationales, Memoire 2 (1993), pp. 69-72, pp. 69-72; figs. 5-6.

Würth, Reinhold and Deppert-Lippitz, Barbara, eds. Die Schraube zwischen Macht und Pracht. Das Gewinde in der Antike. Exh. cat. (Sigmaringen: Thorbecke, 1995), 164, no. E.1.

Yeroulanou, Aimilia. Diatrita. Gold Pierced-work Jewellery from the 3rd to the 7th Century. Athens: Benaki Museum, 1999, pp. 92-93, 136, cat. no. 212; figs. 158, 244.

Aimone, Marco. Il Tesoro di Desana: Una fonte per lo studio della società romano-ostrogota in Italia (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2010), p. 166. The plate image for this piece is switched with 83.AM.227.3 in the book.