Sixteen hellenistic gold laurel leaf hair ornaments. Ca. 2nd-1st Century BC
Mounted in a modern circlet, each devised as three joined leaves. The dried aromatic leaf of the laurel or bay (laurus nobilis) used as a seasoning in cooking to which the Greeks and Romans attributed magical properties. Maximum diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm.); Ls. of leaves 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) - 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) - Price: $9,500
Ex French private collection.