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A Byzantine Gold Diadem, ca. 4th century AD

RJ1315

Of hammered sheet gold, the centre rising to a peak, a repoussé decoration around the edge, the centre featuring a radiate figure, the ends pierced for attachment.

A diadem (from the Greek 'diadema' from 'diadeo': to bind round, or fasten) was used as a symbol of royal dignity. Funerary diadems, such as this example, were known from Mycenaean times where sets of golden plates often covered the forehead of the illustrious person buried in the tomb.

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, museum quality custom mount.

Dimensions: Length: 12in (30.5cm).

Provenance: Paul Ilton (1904-1958) private collection, acquired prior to 1958, and then by descent. During his lifetime, Paul Ilton was internationally known as an archaeologist, lecturer, teacher, film consultant and author, personally excavating collection objects during his 25 years in the Holy Land.

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