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Pin with sphinxes, lions, and bees

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The head of the pin begins with a ball, above which is a small shaft; from this rises an ornament in the form of a rose bud. Three lions crouch with their hind legs on the ball, and their forelegs on the bud. Between them there are conventionalized petals. Above the lions are three bees, and...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Said to have been found at Aigion, but also said to have been found between Patras and Pyrgos.) [this provenance applies to 96.717-96.718 and 95.1402-95.1403, all having been found together]; October 1896: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Classical Period, Late 5th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Peloponnesus, Greece

Dimensions

Length: 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

96.718

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches