8 December 2005
TWO ETRUSCAN GOLD APPLIQUES
CIRCA LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
One in the form of a goddess with an archaic smile, wearing a chiton and himation, her drapery held in her left hand, crowned by a filigree diadem with drop-shaped rays and a pendant necklace, a twisted lock of hair falling over each breast, the figure likely once set into a rectangular plaque; the other adorned with three rosettes formed of sheet embellished with filigree, centered by a granule within beaded wire frames, perforated twice for attachment
Goddess: 1¾ in. (4.4 cm.) high (2)
with Atlantis Antiquities, New York, 1988 (Greek and Etruscan Art of the Archaic Period, pp. xi, 66-67, 77, fig. 62).
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For related plaques, each centered by similar figures of the goddess, see the examples now in the Villa Giulia, Rome and the British Museum, nos. 193-194 in Cristofani and Martelli, et al., L'Oro degli Etruschi.
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