Pair of child's bracelets or earrings

mid 7th century BCE
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General Description

In antiquity, bracelets were usually worn in pairs. However, the number of surviving Greek and Etruscan bracelets is surprisingly small. In this pair, bracelet "A" consists of three flat bands composed of two twisted and three rounded wires, each band terminating at both ends in a three-dimensional lion's head. These composite bands are held together in three places by small similarly constructed bands placed laterally across them. The lions' heads at one end are delineated with granulated lines indicating the manes, ears, and eyes. On the other end, these details are rendered in repoussé only. Attached to each lion's mouth is a small circular loop; two are missing. Of the matching piece, only a single band is preserved. The lion-head finials follow the decorative scheme of the complete piece: one has added granulation, one does not.

Adapted from

Barbara Deppert-Lippitz, Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 1996), 37; 129.

Fun Facts

  • Jewelry was far more than merely ornament to the Etruscans; it was often close to being a magic charm or amulet and implied the protection of the gods.