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94/136/1 Diadem, silver gilt, Evan Jones, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1880. Click to enlarge.

Silver diadem (headpiece) by Evan Jones

Made
This Greek-style diadem was made by Evan Jones (1846-1917), a noted Sydney silversmith in about 1880. It is engraved with a profile of Athena, the Greek goddess of War and Wisdom who fought for the the defence of just causes. Athena is wearring a petatsu helmet among laurel leaves and the Greek key pattern. It originally came from the estate of Charles Badham, the Professor of Classics and Logic at the University of Sydney between 1867 and 1884. The diadem belonged to Charles Badham, the …

Summary

Object No.

94/136/1

Object Statement

Diadem, silver gilt, Evan Jones, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1880

Physical Description

Diadem, silver gilt, Evan Jones, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1880

Diadem of solid silver sheet with surface lightly gilded. Headpiece has a raised triangular peak at front, the sides angle slightly forward as they rise from the bottom edge and taper gently as the curve around to squared ends (the back is open providing an overall horse-shoe shape). Finely edged with a continuous thickened band of square section. Decorated with engraved borders of continuous Greek key pattern and features the engraved profile of a Greek goddess [Athena] at centre front. Profile wearing a helmet [petasus] placed to the back of her head The petasus has laurel leaves rising from the sides at the front and a long tail falling from the fluted crown, three strands of braided hair trail from under the helmet at the back. The plain interior surface has a lightly hammered texture. D-shaped fastening ring soldered to the inside surface adjacent to each squared end (so that the diadem can be fastened by means of a strap or ribbon - this fastening device is missing). Together with a fitted presentation box (modern).

Marks

Makers marks: "E JONES" and "SYDNEY" stamped on outer edge of thickened band at the squared ends.

Dimensions

Height

57 mm

Width

168 mm

Depth

165 mm

Production

Notes

Made by Evan Jones, probably at 11 Hunter Street, Sydney premises which he occupied between between 1875 and 1892.

History

Notes

Originally from the estate of Charles Badham (1813-1884), Professor of Classics and Logic at the University of Sydney from 1867 to 1884.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1994

Acquisition Date

15 June 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Silver diadem (headpiece) by Evan Jones 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 June 2023, <https://ma.as/138642>

Wikipedia

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