Victoria and Albert Museum, probably circa 1901.
For a gold diadem in the Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich, composed of similar hinged gold bands cf. B. Deppert-Lippitz, Griechischer Goldschmuck, Mainz, 1985, pl. XXVIII. For another in the British Museum, cf. F. J. Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery: Greek, Etruscan and Roman, in the Department of Antiquities, London, 1969, pp. 170-171, no. 1609, pl. XXVII.
For a discussion on wreaths cf. D. Williams and J. Ogden, Greek Gold: Jewellery of the Classical World, London, 1994, pp. 35-36 where the author notes, 'The most elaborate items of jewellery were usually made for the adornment of the head...There were also gold wreaths (stephanoi). Examples of gold wreaths of oak, olive, ivy, vine, laurel and myrtle leaves are known from burials in Macedonia, South Italy, Asia Minor and the North Pontic area.'
Gold wreaths were frequently given as prizes for athletics and musical contests, bestowed by the State as a mark of honour. They were also used in religious processions, as funerary decorations and were popular dedicatory offerings made in temples.