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Bulla with Daedalus and Icarus
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Bulla with Daedalus and Icarus

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A "bulla" is a hollow pendant, that could hold perfume or a charm. Found inside this one was "labdanum," a substance used in perfume. Depicted are the mythical craftsman Daedalus and his son, Icarus (on the back). To escape captivity, Daedalus fabricated wings for himself and his son, but Icarus flew too close to the sun, and when the heat melted the wax that held his wings together, he fell to his death.
Date Description Narrative
12/07/1978Examinationexamined for condition
1/21/1983Examinationexamined for loan
  • Flight, Fantasy, Faith, Fact. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 1953-1954.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Gold Jewelry: Craft, Style, and Meaning from Mycenae to Constantinopolis. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. 1983.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Spina: Storia di una Citta tra Greci ed Etruschi. Castello Estense, Ferrara, Ferrara. 1993-1994.
Provenance Said to be from Comacchio, near Ferrara; Sangiorgi [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] In retrograde Etruscan: Vikare (and) Taitle; [Translation] Icarus (and) Daedalus
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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5th century BCE (Late Archaic-Classical)
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1 5/8 x 1 x 1 in. (4.1 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm)

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