Wreaths like this one formed to resemble flowers and leaves were used to crown athletic victors throughout the ancient Greek world. The Egyptian-born Greek writer Athenaeus of Nitocris (circa late second to third century C.E.) tells of guests wearing gold wreaths on their heads at lavish dinner parties in Alexandria, the Egyptian capital in this period. This wreath is one of four preserved from the ancient world in modern museum collections.
- Culture: Greek
- Medium: Gold
- Dates: 3rd Century - 2nd century B.C.E.
- Dimensions: 3 15/16 x 10 1/4 x 11 13/16 in. (10 x 26 x 30 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 26.763
- Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Greek. Funerary Wreath, 3rd Century - 2nd century B.C.E. Gold, 3 15/16 x 10 1/4 x 11 13/16 in. (10 x 26 x 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George D. Pratt, 26.763. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (60%)