Greek Gold Medallion with bust of Athena (2nd Century BC), with movable net to wrap her hair gathered in a chignon, from Athens, Greece.

Greek Gold Medallion with bust of Athena (2nd Century BC), with movable net to wrap her hair gathered in a chignon, from Athens, Greece.

This incredibly detailed bust of Athena dates back to the 2nd Century BC. It includes a sculpture of Athena whose eyes are inlaid with blue enamel. The gold mesh shows that the artifact was once worn as a kind of headdress or sakkos over the woman’s hair at the nape of her neck. Very elegant and sophisticated.