A delightfully jaunty visitor has alighted for a long-term visit at the Getty Center: François-Henri, Duke of Harcourt (1726–1802), in a portrait by Fragonard. Dashing in sea-green velvet, with a white ruff and red cape, the duke holds a feathered… 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.