Collection of Rare Gold Ornaments from the Classical Period

Culture: Greek
Period: 5th-4th century B.C.
Material: Gold
Dimensions: From 1.3 cm to 1.7 cm high (gold ornaments); 25.2 cm x 7.8 cm (dimensions of the jewellery box).
Price: 12 000 Euro
Ref: 2402
Provenance: From a Swiss private collection, acquired in the 1980s.
Condition: One face with a small missing part on the side, otherwise intact throughout and of excellent quality.
Description: 17 very finely worked out gold ornaments, which were once sewed on a high-quality textile. The collection consists of ten female heads, two of them still with archaic features with almond-shaped eyes and the typical smile. The other eight faces with classical features. All small heads with finely pulled back hair, even the strands are worked out. The perforations on the sides and also on the chin served for sewing on the textile. Furthermore seven gold sheets in form of palmettes belong to the collection. The symmetrical perforations, four on each palmette, also served for sewing on the gown. See for the type the almost identical gold appliques in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Accession Numbers 1999.289.3, 1999.289.4 and 1999.289.5. The collection comes with a jewellery box by Armin Kurz Juwelier, Zürich, Switzerland.