A PAIR OF HELLENISTIC GOLD EARRINGS, CIRCA LATE 4TH/EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.

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A PAIR OF HELLENISTIC GOLD EARRINGS, CIRCA LATE 4TH/EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.
each in the form of a tapering hoop with terminal in the form of a lion head, with stylized mane and recessed eyes.

Width 1.4 cm; ½ in

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Leo Biaggi de Blasys (1906-1979), Lugano, acquired in the 1950s/1960s
by descent to the present owner

CATALOGUE NOTE
Greek gold-smiths first created pennanular earrings terminating in animal heads toward the end of the 4th century B.C. This type of earring consists of a tapering penannular hoop made of twisted wire with the larger end concluding in the form of a head, either animal or mythological. Lions were a particularly popular subject, as were the heads of goats, Cupids and Maenads.
For related examples see F. H. Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum, 1911, pl. XXXI.

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