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Ornament with Jupiter riding on the back of an eagle

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This ornament, perhaps a strap end or costume decoration, is shaped like a heart on its side, the two lobes at left and a vertical projection at the narrow end on the right. Jupiter rides on the back of an eagle with outstretched wings, a thunderbolt in its claws. The figures are in low and high...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with André Emmerich, Inc., 41 East 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022 (from North Iran according to the bill of sale); October 15, 1980: purchased by MFA from André Emmerich, Inc.

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund and Frank B. Bemis Fund

Near Eastern, 1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

Iran, Pakistan or Afghanistan

Dimensions

Height x width: 4.6 x 4.4 cm (1 13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1980.382

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment