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Head Ornament

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Description This luxurious piece of jewelry may have been a hair ornament, or one of two pendants that hung from a noblewoman's crown or headdress. The small bust of a woman with a turreted crown is identified by the Greek inscription "KOCMIA" as a personification of Adornment. The semiprecious stones were added to the piece in the 1910s as replacements for the lost original ones.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Unknown dealer, Smyrna; Friedrich Ludwig von Gans, Frankfurt a. Main, ca. 1912-1920, by purchase; Kurt W. Bachstitz, Hague, 1920, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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6th-7th century (Late Antique)
gold, semiprecious stones
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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6 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 5/16 in. (17.1 x 3.5 x 0.8 cm)
  • Turkey, Izmir (Place of Discovery)

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