13 December 2002
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A GREEK GILT SILVER ROUNDEL WITH ALEXANDER-HELIOS
Hellenistic Period, Circa Late 4th Century B.C.
The miniature shield of Argive type hammered and decorated in repousseé with a bust of Alexander-Helios, the divinized conqueror depicted wearing a chiton pinned on each shoulder, his long curling locks framing his face, with characteristic anastole, some tendrils falling to his shoulders, his head surmounted by nine rays, designating his attribution as the sun god, perforated in four places along the border for attachment
4¾ in. (12.1 cm) diameter
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For a representation of Alexander-Helios on a terracotta shield of slightly later date and a discussion of the group see no. 95-98, p. 152-153 in Yalouris, et al., The Search for Alexander.
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