A Greek gold and carnelian brooch, 2nd century BC. Estimation: USD 10,000 - 15,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015
With a sheet flange ornamented with a band of tongues formed of filigree beaded wire, framed with braided ropes, centered by an oval carnelian gem held in place by a dog-tooth setting, engraved with Aphrodite, wearing a chiton and himation, leaning against a column, a staff angled diagonally behind her, holding a dove in her outstretched hand, on a short groundline - 1¾ in. (4.4 cm.) long
PROVENANCE: with Francesca Artuner, Brussels; thence by gift to her daughter, Suzanne A. Ocal, New Jersey, 1995.
Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1995.
Notes: The large oval shape of the stone together with the elongated proportions of the subject are both hallmarks of the Hellenistic Period. For another carnelian oval with the goddess Nike in similar style see no. 277 in D. Plantzos, Hellenistic Engraved Gems.
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