Hair Ornament



Gold hair-spiral of four coils. A flat, filigree band composed of four parallel wires, the outer two plain, the inner two rope-twisted. The outer surface at each end is decorated with an applied disc with round central depression and edge of twisted wire. There is evidence of Archaic technique in areas of slight melting caused as the piece was slightly overheated during construction. Hair-spirals of thin gold wire appear in tombs of the 7th century BC at well-known sites such as Veii, Vetulonia and Populonia.