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Strap attachment

Strap attachment in the form of a pinwheel of animal heads. Openwork plaque with four griffin-protomes in a pinwheel arrangement. Gilding on central boss and on manes, ears, and eyes of griffins. Loop on the back for attachment.


By 1995: with Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA (Sotheby's auction, December 14, 1995, lot 206); purchased by MFA from Sotheby's, March 27, 1996

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Thracian, Classical Period, about 400–350 B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver with gold leaf


The Ancient World