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Earring with Lion-Griffin Head
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Earring with Lion-Griffin Head

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Description The lion-griffin head is worked in repoussé in two halves, left and right and chased; ears, teeth and crest were separately made and applied. Two holes remain where the griffin horns once were. Probably contemporary with the lion head hoop (Walters 57.1665), the lion-griffin head hoop introduces an Achaemenid motif into the Hellenistic repertory. This type is less widespread than the lion head hoop.
  • 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 of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, December 2, 1943, lot 524; Walters Art Museum, 1943, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1943

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4th-3rd century BC (Late Classical-Hellenistic)
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H: 1 1/16 x W: 7/8 x D: 1/2 in. (2.8 x 2.3 x 1.3 cm)


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