Hair ornament in the form of a caduceus

Fortunato Pio Castellani & Sonsca. 1875

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

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
  • Medium: Gold, ivory