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Hoop earring with head of lion-griffin

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A tapering hoop earring with a lion-griffin terminal at one end. The hoop is made of plain wire wound around a gold core. The lion-griffin head is mold-made with ear, horn and knob details added in beaded wire. It was made in two halves. A collar decorated with beaded wire S-scrolls and a row of...

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Provenance

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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 320–200 B.C.

Dimensions

Overall: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.) Overall (with 01.8160): 11.84 gm (0.03 lb.)

Accession Number

01.8159

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs