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Earring pendant with Ganymede and an eagle

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An earring pendant of an eagle grasping the youth Ganymede at the hips as he carries him up to Olympus to be Zeus's cupbearer. Ganymede holds a shepherd’s staff in his left hand and raises his right to touch the eagle’s wing; a strip of a metal over his right shoulder represents his...

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Provenance

By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (from the Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C. auction of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-4, 1900); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, 330–280 B.C.

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) Overall: 2.44 gm (0.01 lb.)

Accession Number

01.8164

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs