Diadem (1)

Castellani, Alessandro

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

This diadem is a copy made by the firm of Castellani of an Etruscan original of 300-200 BC, thought to have been found in Cumae and now in the Campana collection in the Louvre, Paris. This copy was acquired by the Museum from the collection of Alessandro Castellani in 1884.

There are at least four other known copies in public and private collections. One copy was shown at the International Exhibition in London in 1862 where the Castellani display attracted so much attention that a policeman had to be engaged to keep the crowds under control.

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  • Title: Diadem (1)
  • Creator: Castellani, Alessandro
  • Date Created: 1860/1880
  • Location: Rome
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 1.25 in, Diameter: 7 in
  • Medium: Gold, with glass beads, pearls and enamel

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