London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A ROMAN SHEET GOLD FUNERARY WREATH
CIRCA 3RD-4TH CENTURY A.D.
The repoussé decoration consisting of seven busts of deities in high relief: Sol/Helios with radiate crown, Artemis Ephesia with polos and double row of 'breasts', a young deity (Mithras or Attis) with Phrygian cap, a central female deity (Juno?), Jupiter beside her, Fortuna or Demeter holding cornucopia, and finally Cybele or Tyche with city crown, a stylized branch at each end and a border of raised dots around
6 in. (15.2 cm.) long
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W. Hornbostel (ed.), Kunst der Antike, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 1977, p. 484, no. 432.
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