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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Wreaths like this one formed to resemble flowers and leaves were used to crown athletic victors throughout the ancient Greek world. The Egyptian-born Greek writer Athenaeus of Nitocris (circa late second to third century C.E.) tells of guests wearing gold wreaths on their heads at lavish dinner parties in Alexandria, the Egyptian capital in this period. This wreath is one of four preserved from the ancient world in modern museum collections.
  • Reportedly From: Corinth, Greece
  • DATES 3rd century–2nd century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 15/16 x 10 1/4 x 11 13/16 in. (10 x 26 x 30 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of George D. Pratt
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Gold funerary wreath, Greek, consisting of heavy tube apparently built over a core with long overlapping ends held together by three gold wires wound around tube. Major portion of tube decorated with ornate grouping of gold leaves with ridge running through center interspersed with bunches of conventionalized flowers. These groups held in place by means of small gold wires. Condition: Excellent; tube appears to have been soldered in several places; some leaves and rosettes are loose.
    CAPTION Greek. Wreath, 3rd century–2nd century B.C.E. Gold, 3 15/16 x 10 1/4 x 11 13/16 in. (10 x 26 x 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George D. Pratt, 26.763. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 26.763_overall01_black_PS22.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 26.763_overall01_black_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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