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Hoop earring with a lion head

A tapering hoop earring with lion’s-head terminals at each end; the hoop is made of tightly twisted beaded wire. The large lion-head would hang upside down. The mane is stylized into arches over the eyes, which are inlaid with paste (now brown-colored). The collar masks the join of the large...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Sicily.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, South Italian, Hellenistic Period, 3rd–mid 3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Taranto, Apulia, Italy

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs