Ancient Greek Herakles Knot Earrings

$537.14

A beautiful set of Ancient Greek gold earrings formed into a decorative Hercules knot. Two adjoined gold wires meet to form the central twisted knot, with a small break in the earring for wearing. An elegant pair of earrings, showcasing Greek craftsmanship at its best.

 

 

Date: Circa 4th-3rd Century BC
Period: Hellenistic Period
Condition: Fine condition, with some earthly deposits.

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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. In Ancient Greek culture, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the decease 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 from 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, the Herakles, or Hercules, knot was associated with the marriage rite.

 

Weight 2.47 g
Dimensions L 1.5 x W 1.5 cm
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Greek Mythology

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