About the Necklace
This stunning gold necklace, dating from the second half of the
5th century BC, is one of the most exquisite pieces from the Classical
Greek period. It is composed of acorns suspended from 22 rosettes
which alternate with stylised lotus flowers supporting small beads.
All the elements are made of sheet gold and are edged with beaded
The craftsmanship is of a very high standard, judging from the intricate
nature of the piece and from the cleverly disguised junction between
each acorn and its shell. Gold desposits were rare in
the Aegean area and most gold was probably acquired through trade
from further afield. This must have been a highly prized possession.