Collection of Ptolemaic Jewellery

Illustration

Arienne King
by Getty Museum
published on 26 July 2018

This opulent collection of Ptolemaic jewellery from Egypt probably belonged to a wealthy woman and was made between 225–175 BCE. The various pieces were made out of gold and are inlaid with a variety of precious stones.

The collection includes a hairnet with an image of Aphrodite and Eros, a diadem with an elaborate knot of Hercules, a string of gold beads in the shape of cowrie shells, one pair of upper-arm bracelets in the form of a coiled snake, and one pair of wrist bracelets in the form of coiled snakes. Also included are two pairs of hoop earrings with antelope-head finials, a pair of disk pendant earrings with a figure of Eros, and two rings inset with intaglios, one depicting Artemis, the other Fortuna holding a double cornucopia.

The jewellery is part of the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

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