JEWELRY REPRODUCTION Herakles Knot Necklace, 24k gold plate lightly antiqued, Dimensions: Length 16 1/2 in.; knot and tassel length 3 1/2 in, Item No. J205, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Period: Hellenistic Age (4th-1st century B.C.)
Christie’s will hold their annual Ancient Jewelry auction in New York on December 13. A highlight of the sale is this Hellenistic Period Greek gold bracelet, circa 300 B.C. The piece is hollow and features a central “Herakles” or reef knot that is intricately detailed with twisted wire filigree. More wire filigree and granulation appear on the collars of the bracelet, in natural motifs including palm leaves and tiny birds.
A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD EARRINGS HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.E. Each: 1½ in. (3.8 cm.) long. Provenance: Private Collection, New York, acquired in the 1980s. Glenn Alan Sandison Collection, Washington, D.C.
A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD AND GARNET EARRINGS HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 4TH CENTURY B.C. Each with a pan-shaped disk, the upturned edge formed of two beaded wires framing plain wire, with ropes and plain wire encircling a filigree rosette centered by a garnet in a dog-tooth setting, each disk with a hooked earwire on the reverse, formed into a loop suspending a pendant with an elaborately-capped garnet