McAlpine Ancient Art (Hampshire, England), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1989.
Not currently on view
Pendant in the Form of a Siren
Greece (Place Created)
6.9 × 6 × 1.4 cm (2 11/16 × 2 3/8 × 9/16 in.)
Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman
Tilting her head back as if to sing, this
The pendant's precise function is unclear. Many bronze figurines designed for suspension have been found in sanctuaries as offerings to the gods; scholars have suggested that these offerings might have hung from the trees in outdoor shrines. Some, however, have been found inside graves, suggesting that they might originally have served as dress ornaments or pendants on necklaces and only later dedicated to the gods along with other items of jewelry. Another group of scholars argues that the pendants had different purposes in different regions: the figures served primarily as dedications to the gods in southern Greece and as funerary objects in northern Greece.
True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, exh. cat. (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), p. 47, cat. no. 9.
"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 63.