East-central Europe, Carpathian Basin region / Diadem / 1200?800 B.C.East-central Europe, Carpathian Basin region
1200?800 B.C.

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Creator Nationality: European; Central European; Carpathian
Creator Name-CRT: East-central Europe, Carpathian Basin region
Title: Diadem
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 1200?800 B.C.
Creation Place: East-central Europe, Carpathian Basin region
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Copper alloy
Dimensions: H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm), Diam. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Description: Made from a single sheet of hammered bronze plate, this rare and well-preserved diadem was probably worn by a high-ranking woman during the Late Bronze Age. Its spiral fastener, incised with a delicate pattern of triangles and parallel lines, was perhaps worn in the back with the spirals directed downward. This imposing object was produced by workshops in the Carpathian Mountains: in continental Europe, no workshops were more prolific, more creative, or more technologically accomplished than these. Spirals had long figured in Bronze Age ornamentation, but these artisans transformed a merely decorative pattern into sculptural forms of imposing size. They used the motif to adorn an array of jewelry, including armbands, legbands, rings, pendants, and large brooches. It is impossible to know what kind of significance was attached to this form.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 2000.281.1
Credit Line: Purchase, Caroline Howard Hyman Gift, in memory of Margaret English Fraser, 2000
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
Style or Period: Bronze Age
AMICA ID: MMA_.2000.281.1
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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