Photographer's Note

This is a wreath or crown made entirely of gold, fashioned 23 centuries ago so as to imitate a myrtle bough in bloom – in intricate detail.

This myrtle wreath is one of several, found in a grave dating to about 330 BC, most likely of a rich and important individual at Pydna in the South of ancient Macedon, the modern Greek province of Central Macedonia.
The place is known to historians as the location of the 168 BC battle that effectively ended the 150-year hegemony of Macedon as the major power in Greek lands.

To archaeologists, it is known as a time-honoured centre of power within Macedon, and as the site of a major cemetery that has yielded an extraordinarily rich array of very important finds and continues to do so.

The real myrtle plant, which is common around the Mediterranean, carried various symbolic connotations in antiquity and is still much loved today.

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