Phoenician Silver Funerary Diadem with Theseus

GBP 500.00

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Object Description

An extremely fine Ancient Phoenician diadem hammered from a thin layer of silver. The diadem features three decorated compartments, each divided by a series of repousse dots. The two laterals compartments feature respectively the depiction of a draped standing female figure and what looks like to be a combat scene between an animal and a male figure, while the central compartment displays a male figure portrayed demi-bust. All the figures are rendered in repousse technique. The central figure is portrayed frontally and bare chested, with facial and anatomical features emphasised, and with a stylised wavy coiffure. The three scenes might be part of one larger narrative, relating to the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, with the central figure being a portrait of the Greek hero Theseus, and the lateral scenes, respectively the representation of Theseus against the Minotaur and princess Ariadne.

Date: Circa 6th- 4th Century BC

Object Condition

Condition: Fine, some signs of erosion and ageing.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    H:4.7 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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