Ancient Greek Hellenistic Gold Earrings with Herakles Knot and Turquoise Beads


A beautiful pair of Ancient Greek, Hellenistic, gold hoop earrings modelled from two adjoined thin wires of gold which split apart to form a Herakles knot at the front. The design is further enriched with a row of small circular turquoise beads,secured in place with another gold wire, featured underneath the knot.

Sizes of the earrings slightly vary between 2.2 – 2.4cm (outer diameter).

Weight indicated below is for the pair. The earrings weigh 2.04g and 2.1g individually.

Date: Circa 4th-3rd Century BC
Provenance: Private collection of a deceased Japanese gentleman (1970-2010).
Condition: Fine, complete and intact - suitable for modern wear. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.


SKU: CY-51 Category: Tag:

As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. In Ancient Roman culture, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the deceased as part of his or her funerary outfit. Jewellery might have been enriched by precious and semi-precious stones and decorative motives would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes.

The Herakles Knot was a symbol used since the Ancient Egyptian times, however, it gained momentum in the Hellenistic period and was a frequent decorative addition to earrings, bangles and necklaces. The knots displayed here appear in their simplest form however it was common to also see knots embellished with garnets or surrounding mythological figures. It was a symbol synonymous with fertility and strength and had a deep apotropaic significance. During the Roman period, Hercules, knot was associated with the marriage rite. During the wedding a Hercules knot was tied around the bride with the intention that only the groom could undo it, hence the later phrase ‘tying the knot’.

Weight 4.12 g
Dimensions W 2.4 cm



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