DT5060

Pair of gold armbands, Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 200 B.C. Gold. Overall: 10 7/16in., 0.4lb. (26.5cm, 0.2kg). Other (height-triton armband): 9 13/16in. (25cm). Other (height-tritoness armband): 10 7/16in. (26.5cm). Rogers Fund, 1956, (56.11.5, .6)© 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

These imposing serpentine armbands represent two tritons, male and female, each holding a small winged Eros. The hoops behind the tritons' heads were used to attach the armbands to the sleeves of a garment, for otherwise, their weight (each over 6 1/2 ounces) would have caused them to slip down the arms.