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Boat-Shaped Earring with Sphinx
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Boat-Shaped Earring with Sphinx

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Description This earring was discussed by Berta Segall who saw a combination of Greek, Phoenician, and Egyptian motifs that suggest a date slightly before 320 BC, and a workshop possibly in Alexandria. The fully modeled sphinx and the elaborate and different decoration of each side of the earring make this an unusual and rare ornament.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Henry Walters, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Mrs. Henry Walters Sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, December 2, 1943, lot 524; Walters Art Museum, 1943, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1943

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ca. 350-325 BC (Late Classical)
gold, traces of blue enamel
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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1 3/16 x 7/8 x 9/16 in. (3 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm)

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