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20 November 2016
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Lot 1128
Starting Price: 5000 CHF
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
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HELLENISTIC GREEK. A collection of four circular attachments with the head of Dionysos, 2nd-1st century BC. (Gold, 20 mm). Brief report of Dr. Jack Ogden, Director of Striptwist Ltd, 14 August 2013 (provided with the four attachments): 'These small circular attachments have a frontal head in high relief, probably intended as Dionysos, despite the rather feminine features. The head and its flat surround are formed from a single piece of sheet gold that has been shaped by working it over a 'former', almost certainly of copper alloy. The head is bordered by a single line of spiral beaded wire, a type of decorative wire that is characteristic of ancient Classical gold jewellery - both Etruscan and Greek. The edges of the sheet gold have been burnished or hammered smooth, giving a slightly flared edge. The reverse of the attachments has two lateral attachment ,straps’ in gold strip which are distorted, almost certainly as a result of ancient use when the objects were attached to a backing, perhaps a harness, by a cord or leather strap. This distortion and the flared, smooth rim to the disc are strong indications that the objects were made to be used, not simply as funerary decorations. It can be noted that although a later Hellenistic date is given above, an early Roman date is not impossible. In the Eastern Roman Empire, the Greek jewellery-making tradition (both technical and stylistic) survived for a couple of centuries. The weigh of the pieces [1.83 g, 1.81 g, 1.90 g, 1.70 g] may be relevant here. Gold coins, supplied by customers, often formed the raw material for jewellers and this is almost exactly one quarter of the weight of the aureus gold coin under Nero, and a weight that occurs far more often in Roman gold jewellery from the Eastern Empire than chance alone would dictate. The style, manufacture, signs of wear and the general surface texture and appearance of the gold are consistent with an ancient origin. Cf. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston inv. No. 1972.200 (Head of Aphrodite). A lovely group of great style and in particularly good condition. Good very fine to extremely fine.

From a Swiss private collection formed prior to 2000.

Striptwist founder Dr. Jack Ogden is a jewellery industry analyst and a leading expert on jewellery history, with a special focus on the development of materials and technology. He has been researching jewellery history for more than 40 years and has written, lectured and taught widely in his field.
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5000 CHF by MailBidder6624 (Bids: 1)

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Lot 1128
Starting Price: 5000 CHF
HELLENISTIC GREEK. A collection of four circular attachments with the head of Dionysos, 2nd-1st century BC. (Gold, 20 mm). Brief report of Dr. Jack Ogden, Director of Striptwist Ltd, 14 August 2013 (provided with the four attachments): 'These small circular attachments have a frontal head in high relief, probably intended as Dionysos, despite the rather feminine features. The head and its flat surround are formed from a single piece of sheet gold that has been shaped by working it over a 'former', almost certainly of copper alloy. The head is bordered by a single line of spiral beaded wire, a type of decorative wire that is characteristic of ancient Classical gold jewellery - both Etruscan and Greek. The edges of the sheet gold have been burnished or hammered smooth, giving a slightly flared edge. The reverse of the attachments has two lateral attachment ,straps’ in gold strip which are distorted, almost certainly as a result of ancient use when the objects were attached to a backing, perhaps a harness, by a cord or leather strap. This distortion and the flared, smooth rim to the disc are strong indications that the objects were made to be used, not simply as funerary decorations. It can be noted that although a later Hellenistic date is given above, an early Roman date is not impossible. In the Eastern Roman Empire, the Greek jewellery-making tradition (both technical and stylistic) survived for a couple of centuries. The weigh of the pieces [1.83 g, 1.81 g, 1.90 g, 1.70 g] may be relevant here. Gold coins, supplied by customers, often formed the raw material for jewellers and this is almost exactly one quarter of the weight of the aureus gold coin under Nero, and a weight that occurs far more often in Roman gold jewellery from the Eastern Empire than chance alone would dictate. The style, manufacture, signs of wear and the general surface texture and appearance of the gold are consistent with an ancient origin. Cf. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston inv. No. 1972.200 (Head of Aphrodite). A lovely group of great style and in particularly good condition. Good very fine to extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Lot 1129
Starting Price: 500 CHF
GREEK. Magna Graecia & Sicily. A collection of 129 silver and 118 bronze coins. Includes: Various denominations of different mints mostly in Magna Graecia and Sicily. A fascinating group with some interesting surprises. About fine or better. LOT SOLD AS IS, NO RETURNS. 247 coins in lot.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Lot 1130
Starting Price: 200 CHF
GREEK. A lot containing 10 silver and 13 bronze coins. Includes: Bronze issues from Magna Graecia to a tetradrachm of Antiochos VII. Very fine. LOT SOLD AS IS, NO RETURNS. 23 coins in lot.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
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