University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:MS3368E
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Etruscan
Provenience: Italy (uncertain)
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Gold
Length: 3 cm
Width: 2.4 cm
Credit Line:Museum Purchase; subscription of John Wanamaker, 1896

Description

The 5 peices are identical in size and decoration except for 2 in which one element of the decoration (bird) is missing. Each piece has as its base a thin, rectangular sheet of gold rolled up on the 2 short ends to form a very thin tube for threading. Each tube has a very fine, closely spaced, horizontal grooving. The remaining decoration is free-standing on the plaque. Parallel to each tube is a rabbit, prone, and a palmette. In the center of the plaque is a large flower. On 3 a bird is preserved, perched on the centerof the flower. The original catalogue card suggests that these were for a girdle or a tiara. 2 more identical pieces: MS 2544A, B.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Chapter] Nagy, Helen, and Bell, Sinclair, and Turfa, Jean M. 2009. "Etruscan Gold from Cerveteri (and Elsewhere) in the University of Pennsylvania Museum". New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Rome: In Honor of Richard De Puma. Madison. University of Wisconsin Press. pg. 91-118 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 100, fig. 6.5; p. 96View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Collection] Luce, Stephen B. 1921. Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section.. Philadelphia. University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p.208, no.7View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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