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A Greek Gold Leaf from an Olive Wreath, Hellenistic Period, ca. 2nd century BCE

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A Greek Gold Leaf from an Olive Wreath, Hellenistic Period, ca. 2nd century BCE
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A Greek Gold Leaf from an Olive Wreath, Hellenistic Period, ca. 2nd century BCE, ca. 2nd century BCE:
Medium: Gold
This delicate olive leaf was created by hammering a pure gold ingot to paper-thin thickness, then cut to form and accentuated with repoussé contour lines along the three lobes. It originally formed part of a solid gold victory wreath.For related examples see: Rudolph, W. A Golden Legacy: Ancient Jewelry from the Collection of Burton Y. Berry, Indiana University Art Museum, (1995), pg. 158-9, fig. 33.B. Background: Gold wreaths were made imitating their natural counterparts in various forms, including oak, olive, ivy, vine, laurel, and myrtle. Most of these trees or plants have associations with various deities. Mythology says, for example, olive wreaths were made from the sacred olive tree that grew from where Athena struck her spear on the ground at the Acropolis.Because of their fragility, gold wreaths were probably not meant to be worn very often, only during special functions such as banquets, as victors' prizes in war or athletic competitions, or on religious or civic occasions, but they are also frequently recovered from burials. In a funerary setting, the gold wreath symbolized immortality and designated an individual who had led a distinguished life. For the ancient Greeks, the olive tree was a symbol of peace, wisdom, and triumph.

Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm)
Reference No: 132

PROVENANCE: Paul Ilton private collection, acquired prior to 1958 and then by descent.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
Condition
Small tear and apex to one lobe missing, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
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A Greek Gold Leaf from an Olive Wreath, Hellenistic Period, ca. 2nd century BCE

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0055: A Greek Gold Leaf from an Olive Wreath, Hellenistic Period, ca. 2nd century BCE

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Est. $1,600 - $2,400Starting Price $800
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A Greek Gold Leaf from an Olive Wreath, Hellenistic Period, ca. 2nd century BCE, ca. 2nd century BCE:
Medium: Gold
This delicate olive leaf was created by hammering a pure gold ingot to paper-thin thickness, then cut to form and accentuated with repoussé contour lines along the three lobes. It originally formed part of a solid gold victory wreath.For related examples see: Rudolph, W. A Golden Legacy: Ancient Jewelry from the Collection of Burton Y. Berry, Indiana University Art Museum, (1995), pg. 158-9, fig. 33.B. Background: Gold wreaths were made imitating their natural counterparts in various forms, including oak, olive, ivy, vine, laurel, and myrtle. Most of these trees or plants have associations with various deities. Mythology says, for example, olive wreaths were made from the sacred olive tree that grew from where Athena struck her spear on the ground at the Acropolis.Because of their fragility, gold wreaths were probably not meant to be worn very often, only during special functions such as banquets, as victors' prizes in war or athletic competitions, or on religious or civic occasions, but they are also frequently recovered from burials. In a funerary setting, the gold wreath symbolized immortality and designated an individual who had led a distinguished life. For the ancient Greeks, the olive tree was a symbol of peace, wisdom, and triumph.

Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm)
Reference No: 132

PROVENANCE: Paul Ilton private collection, acquired prior to 1958 and then by descent.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
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Small tear and apex to one lobe missing, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.

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