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PICT17081ac Gold Wreath of Leaves and Flowers End of 4th B.C.
A wonder to admire! Gold wreath with leaves and flowers of myrtles, apple and pear tree, Repatriated on March 22nd from Getty Museum, Malibu. The main part (choinikis) is composed of two tubular sheets connected together at the front with gold wires which are interlaced forming the Heracles knot, while at the rear side are intersected and bent in two places; Branches and stems with flowers of myrtles, apple and pear tree spring from the Choinikis, some preserving traces of light blue and green enamel; The type and sructure of a wreath in blossom with long branches and rich floral elements in a certain arrangement can be found in central Macedonia; Similar wreaths have been found in excavations in cental Macedonia, i.e in the cist grave at Stavroupolis in Thessaloniki or in the antechamber of the tomb of Philip II at Vergina; The technique is referred to Macedonian workshops of goldsmithery and documents in provenance from Macedonia; End of 4 c. B.C. Athens Archaeological Museum.