The World Cup kicks off today in South Africa, and the international mania for soccer—sometimes known as “the beautiful game’’—put me in mind of one of the many interesting treasures held in the collections of the Getty Research Institute. In… More»
Gold snake bracelet, worn on the wrist
Romano-Egyptian, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.
Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum
In the Hellenistic period, gold made available by new territorial conquests flooded the Greek world.
Combined with social and economic changes that created a wealthy clientele with a taste for luxury, this availability led to an immense outpouring of gold jewelry to meet the demand.
Here’s a closer view of the detailing of the cross-hatching.