Meda’s Wreath from the tomb of Philip II

This gold myrtle wreath with some 80 leaves and 112 flowers is amongst the most precious objects found 1977 in the antechamber of a tomb at Vergina generally thought to be Philipp II’s, the father of Alexander the Great. However, like most artefacts found at this place, it is dated to around 310 BC, a generation after Philipp’s assassination. It is known as Meda’s Wreath, from his wife, the Thracian princess Meda.

Photograph by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, from the press release for an exhibition in spring/summer 2011.

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