Bracelet with Bull's Head Terminals

Object Details

Title:

Bracelet with Bull's Head Terminals

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place:

Eastern Mediterranean (Place created)

Date:

about 250–200 B.C.

Medium:

Gold

Object Number:

96.AM.158

Dimensions:

8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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Heads of young, short-horned bulls form the ends of this Hellenistic gold bracelet. Each bull's head has raised relief forehead curls, a stippled hide, and eyes that were originally inlaid with contrasting materials. The anonymous goldsmith made the ears and horns of the animals separately and soldered them on. He made the bracelet's hoop from a hollow tube with nine deep flutes, and closed the hoop with a gold wire that links the bulls' muzzles. A Herakles knot, valued for its amuletic and magical qualities and one of the most popular motifs in Hellenistic jewelry, decorates the wire.

The bracelet's form and the bull's-head terminals are unusual, as is the bracelet's simplicity, which differs markedly from the usual flamboyant style of Hellenistic jewelry.

Provenance
- 1989

Jean-Luc Chalmin (Pfaffhausen, Switzerland), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1989.

1989 - 1996

Barbara Fleischman

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and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 13, 1994 to January 15, 1995
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), February 14 to April 23, 1995
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
Bibliography

Ogden, Jack. Independent Art Research, Ltd., Report 89058. December 6, 1989.

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), pp. 221-22, cat. no. 111.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 69.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), p. 90-91.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 88.