c. 725-675 BC
Overall: 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.)
The Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead Annuity Trust 2006.5
Ancient bronze objects often have a greenish hue due to a chemical reaction that creates this surface patina.
The shape and punched and incised decoration of this northern Greek triangular-shaped zone (woman’s belt hanger) may symbolize a woman’s procreative anatomy, with groups of small circles flanking a large central radiating circle. An ornament of this type was found in a woman’s grave positioned directly over the pelvic bone, and could have been worn suspended from or attached to a belt made of less durable materials.
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