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Necklace with Butterfly Pendant
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Necklace with Butterfly Pendant


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Elaborate diadems or necklaces featuring centerpieces of inlaid stones, pendants, and beaded chains go back to 3rd- and 2nd-century Greek jewelry. This necklace was found on the neck of the deceased; as the symbol of the soul, the butterfly was an appropriate motif for a burial gift.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/28/1979Treatmentcleaned; stabilized
10/28/1988Treatmentrepaired
10/28/1988Treatmentother
11/08/1988Treatmentstabilized
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance [Discovered in 1891, in a tomb near Olbia, Parutino, Ukraine]; Postnikov, Moscow, by purchase [from a local dealer in Ukraine]; Spinks, London, by purchase [around the turn of the century]; Peter Mavrogordato, 1913, by purchase [on the art market]; Collection of F. L. van Gans, Frankfurt, 1913-1921, by purchase; Galerie Bachstitz, The Hague; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1921-1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, between 1921 and 1931

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Creator
Period
late 2nd-1st century BC (Hellenistic)
Medium
gold, amethyst, chalcedony, emerald, rock crystal, pearl, and colored glass
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.386
Measurements
2 15/16 x 13 x 1/2 in. (7.5 x 33 x 1.3 cm); 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm) (l.)
Geographies
  • Greece (?) (Place of Origin)
  • Olbia (present-day Parutino, Ukraine) (Place of Discovery)
  • Greece (Kid-Friendly)

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