About this object

Hollow, lentoid 'bulla' pendant with smooth, convex surface, constructed from two sheets of gold, for front and back, the outer edges covered with a beaded border and concentric inner band of tongue-pattern. Two large, now slightly slanted, bands for suspension rings, their outer edges decorated with a heavy beaded band between the suspension loops. A tiny perfume-pin slots into the round opening on the top of the disc. The pin segment is cylindrical and hollow, and presumably once held a pin of organic material (not preserved). Its top is completed with a horizontal cylinder ornamented with beading over its centre and outer edges. This meshes with the suspension loops so that to open the pendant one would have to remove it or loosen the chain or thong by which it was worn. The beaded wire was created by filing a thicker wire into shape. A thin greyish-white deposit, perhaps residue from contents, coverd the top and handle of the pin-segment, although the hollow internal cylinder is very clean. There is distinct wear evident on both outer sides of the suspension rings, so the bulla was definitely worn on multiple occasions in antiquity.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Etruscan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    350 BC - 300 BC
  • Materials
    Gold
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    29 mm x 24 mm x 8 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of Etruscan Objects in World Museum, Liverpool

    MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina

    Author: MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina
    Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
    Date: 2017
    Description: One of the finest collections of Etruscan artifacts outside of Italy was begun in the 19th century by Joseph Mayer, goldsmith, of Liverpool. His donation of the collection became the core of Liverpool Museum, now World Museum, and has been augmented over the years by additional gifts and other acquisitions, such as those from the Wellcome Collection and Norwich Castle Museum. Much of the original material came from the necropolis of Vulci (Canino) when it was excavated by Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino, while additional objects represent several other cities and sites. Already famous for its gold jewellery and bronze vessels of the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, the Liverpool collection includes a fine selection of Etruscan vases, especially bucchero ware and Archaic painted vases, several scarab seals in semiprecious stones, a small number of carved ivories, and funerary urns, including that of Larui Helesa, in which were found gold earrings identical to those worn by her colourful effigy on its lid. A large group of bronze fibulae (safety-pins) furnish examples of most major types of those important ornaments of the Iron Age and Archaic periods. Engraved bronze mirrors and terracotta votives in the form of heads and body parts (such as uteri) of the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE illustrate myths and offerings that were essential to Etruscan religion. From a Villanovan sword to Hellenistic epitaphs, the Liverpool Etruscan and Italian collection offers a rare glimpse of early civilization in central Italy.

  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.

  • Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities in the Mayer Museum, Liverpool

    Gatty, C T

    Author: Gatty, C T
    Publisher:
    Date: 1883
    Description: Article within the Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.

  • The Etruscan Collection

    Lloyd-Morgan, G; Girardon, S P

    Author: Lloyd-Morgan, G; Girardon, S P
    Publisher: The Society of Antiquaries of London
    Date: 1988
    Description:

  • The Etruscan Collection in the Free Public Museums of Liverpool

    Johnstone, M A

    Author: Johnstone, M A
    Publisher: University Press
    Date: 1932
    Description:

  • The Etruscan Collection in the Public Museum of Liverpool

    Johnstone, M A

    Author: Johnstone, M A
    Publisher:
    Date: 1932-11
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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