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    Sale 2057

    Ancient Jewelry

    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 253

    A PAIR OF ETRUSCAN GOLD HAIR COILS AND A FIBULA

    CIRCA MID 7TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ETRUSCAN GOLD HAIR COILS AND A FIBULA
    CIRCA MID 7TH CENTURY B.C.
    The hair coils each formed from a length of plain wire coiled into a spiral, each end split into two strips enclosing an undulating wire framed by twisted wire, terminating in triangular bosses framed by twisted wire; the fibula of sanguisuga form, with a hollow arched bow and long narrow catchplate, the pin coiled where it emerges from the bow
    Fibula: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) long (3)


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    For related hair coils see the pair from Cerveteri now in the Villa Giula, no. 78 in Cristofani and Martelli, L'Oro degli Etruschi.

    Provenance

    with Galerie de Serres, Paris, 1980s.
    French Private Collection.