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Necklace with silenus masks

Necklace with silenus masks

The ornate necklace consists of four rows of herring bone chains woven together to form a long flat band, from which hang four series of pendants woven and framed by a mesh of similar chains: the decoration consists, in order, of acorns alternating with other lotus flowers, silenus masks, larger acorns and other lotus flowers. The necklace is closed at each extremity by triple-ring clasps with a small sphere in relief. The pendants are made by embossing thin metal sheets and completed using various techniques: the acorns and lotus flowers have a fine powder decoration while the wrinkles on the forehead and the beards of the Silenus masks, obtained using the same mould but finished individually, are engraved while the hair worked using granulation. They are all sealed at the back by a thin sheet. The necklace is of the highest quality and is of Etruscan origin; it was probably made in a town in Campania. It was bought by Don Michele Ficco at Ruvo, and there are no details as to its provenance.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: maschere sileniche, ghiande e fiori di loto
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  LDCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Location: Currently awaiting redisplay
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  PRVS: Italia
  regione: PUGLIA
  provincia: Bari
  comune: Ruvo di Puglia
  PRCM: Collezione Ficco-Cervone
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_provenienza (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Ficco acquisition
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 24883
  INVD: 1863 post
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Length: 32
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Ruesch 1865; Pesce 1932, p. 10, fig. 9; Breglia 1941, n. 22, pp. 25-26, tav 3,1; Siviero 1954, n. 34; Becatti 1955, n. 273; Coarelli 1966, n. 24, p. 54; Cristofani-Martelli 1983, n. 161, p. 295; Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 2, n. 27, p. 210; Guzzo 1993, CVAIa variante a1, p. 204; De Caro 1994, pp. 64-65; Treasures 1995, n. 70, p. 99; I Greci in Occidente MANN 1996, n. 10.30, p. 122; De Caro 1999, p. 213; Le arti di Efesto 2002, n. 76, p. 245; Borriello, Rubino 2003, p. 49.