Cross-strap diadem with a Herakles knot - ROM2018_16192_5


Cross-strap diadem with a Herakles knot

Medium:Gold set with a garnet
Geography: Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Date: about 325-250 BC
Period: Hellenistic period
Length: 50.1 cm
Object number: 950X205.11
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Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

The centrepiece of the diadem is a Herakles knot with its edges defined by beaded wire and surface decorated with five, six petalled filigree rosettes. It is set with a garnet cabochon and flanked by two pairs of sheet gold ribbons; a small attachment loop is fitted to the end of each ribbon. A group of three pomegranate pendants on short chains is suspended on either side of the knot. Surfaces of the rectangular-shaped terminals on either side of the knot are decorated with beaded wire, filigree floral motifs and tongues. 

The Herakles-knot motif was especially popular during the late 4th to first half of the 3rd centuries BC. when it was used on diadems, necklaces and other items of jewellery. The Herakles knot was thought to possess apotropaic or evil-averting power.

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