Thursday, January 24, 2019

Nike driving a chariot - incredible ancient gold jewelry piece

So since I published the last post about the jewelry I used as models for the bling on my Aphrodite coloring page at, I've been getting a lot of notices from Pinterest about ancient jewelry. That's fun, but I got one today that just blew me away. This is a picture of an earring identified as Greek, Northern Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 350–325 B.C. It's in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This unbelievably stunning work is not quite 2 inches high. Take a look.

Nike driving a chariot

This is an EARRING, for Pete's sake, that's more complicated than some bronze statuary. And more beautiful than some I've seen, too. Right now I'm still trying to get my jaw up off the floor.


  1. Can you just imagine how heavy those ancient Greek earrings are? My grandmother wore heavy gold earrings (not 2300 year old gold earrings, however) and they tore at her ear lobes until the holes meant for studs could have allowed a pencil to pass through. I have to believe that this pair of Nike driving chariot had the same effect on whomever wore them in 325 BC. Stunning pieces -- hard on soft tissue!

  2. Good point, I hadn't thought of that. I guess those ancient Greeks were tough.


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