Hair ornament in the form a caduceus (wand of the god Mercury), with two winged, entwined dragon heads in gold on a tapering ivory shaft.
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Title: Hair ornament in the form of a caduceus
Creator: Fortunato Pio Castellani & Sons
Date Created: ca. 1875
Viewing Notes: Taking the form of the cadeuceus, or wand, of the god Mercury, this hairpin incorporates dragon heads similar to those found on Cypriot gold earrings from the fifth century B.C.
Markings: Interlocked "C"s
Exhibitions: London, England - Wartski, "Castellani & Giuliano Jewelry", February 1 - April 27, 1984."The Castellani and Italian Archeological Jewelry", The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York, NY, November 17, 2004 - Feburary 6, 2005.
Dimensions: 17.8 L x 4.2 W cm ( 7 x 1 5/8 in.)
Bibliography: Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry, Susan Weber Soros and Stefanie Walker, eds. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004, pp. 364 and figs. 15-6 and 7-9.
Type: Hair ornament
Rights: Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Annie Schermerhorn Kane, and various donors