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Bracelet with Isis Bust Finials

Unknown100 B.C.–A.D. 100

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Finials in the form of busts of the goddess Isis decorate the ends of this gold bracelet.  The figure on the left wears a Uraeus headdress; that on the right wears a Hathor headdress. Originally worshipped only in Egypt, Isis and her cult spread throughout the Mediterranean in the Hellenistic period. The goddess was the focus of a mystery cult which promised a better afterlife to its initiates.

In the Hellenistic period, gold made available by new territorial conquests flooded the Greek world. Combined with social and economic changes that created a wealthy clientele with a taste for luxury, this availability led to an immense outpouring of gold jewelry to meet the demand.

Details

  • Title: Bracelet with Isis Bust Finials
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 100 B.C.–A.D. 100
  • Location Created: Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)
  • Type: Bracelet
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.AM.851
  • Culture: Romano-Egyptian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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