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Disk or Wheel

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 2nd-4th century C.E.
    PERIOD Roman Period (possibly)
    DIMENSIONS 1/2 × Diam. 5 3/8 in. (1.3 × 13.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 16.235
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Possibly Egypto-Roman. Disk or Wheel, 2nd-4th century C.E. Bronze, 1/2 × Diam. 5 3/8 in. (1.3 × 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.235. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.16.235_print_negA_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.16.235_print_negA_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Circular bronze disk or wheel. Upper rim decorated with chevron design and four oblongs containing triangular cross design. Center connected to rim by four groups of two scrolls each. Under side of object undecorated. Center pierced and fitted with socket on under side for attachment. Use of object unknown. Apparently a detail from a larger composition. Design of the object recalls parallel designs in the small gold clasps commonly found on necklaces of the Roman period in Egypt. Bronze of good quality and suggests a fairly early date. Condition: Good condition but heavily incrusted with light green incrustation.
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