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MARTA - National Archaeological Museum of Taranto verified

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Female head in polychrome terracotta
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Three polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
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Diadem
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Gladiator
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Portrait of Augustus capite veiled
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Doll and toy tower
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Nutcracker
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Spacecraft earring in gold
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Kylix Iaconica with tuna and dolphins
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Funeral bed (kline)
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Head of Heracles
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Funerary wreath with oak leaves
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Mosaic floor in polychrome tiles with central velarium
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Shell-shaped case with Nereid on a sea monster
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Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
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Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
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Metope decorated with naiskos with battle scene between Greeks and barbarians
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Bronze statue of Zeus on a Doric stone capital
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Lekythos overpainted with a woman looking out the window
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Green lizard
Female head in polychrome terracotta
Three polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
Diadem
Gladiator
Portrait of Augustus capite veiled
Doll and toy tower
Nutcracker
Spacecraft earring in gold
Kylix Iaconica with tuna and dolphins
Funeral bed (kline)
Head of Heracles
Funerary wreath with oak leaves
Mosaic floor in polychrome tiles with central velarium
Shell-shaped case with Nereid on a sea monster
Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
Metope decorated with naiskos with battle scene between Greeks and barbarians
Bronze statue of Zeus on a Doric stone capital
Lekythos overpainted with a woman looking out the window
Green lizard

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Description

A masterpiece of the goldsmith's art that flourished in Taranto in the Hellenistic period to meet the luxury needs of a client not only in Greece, the diadem represents a real unicum, composed of separate elements assembled together with engineering expertise. The support consists of two gold plates folded into a channel and joined by a hinge. On it wraps a refined floral composition worked "in the day", with bunches of flowers, berries and leaves of various types held together by a continuous ribbon embellished with enamels of different shades of green, in imitation of a garland. Each partially mobile element is fixed to the support by means of small rings, while the use of colored enamels and semiprecious stones (garnets, carnelians) increases the naturalistic effect of the whole. The diadem was tied behind the nape by means of a fabric ribbon, as indicated by the eyelets at the ends of the sheet, from whose cable come out oak leaves decorated with enamels.


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