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Earring

  • Place of origin:

    Greece (made)

  • Date:

    350 BC-300 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold

  • Museum number:

    624-1884

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 2, shelf C, box 6

The lion-heads are formed in sheet gold halves (left and right) and are carefully detailled. There eyes were probably once enamelled in blue as is still visible on a similar example now in the Metropolitan Museum New York. The loop connecting the lion is elaboratly decorated with filigree. This concentration of filigree decoration and this type of earring terminating in an animal head are typical of the production in the Greek cities of South Italy and Sicily, Taranto in particular.
Representations of woman wearing similar earrings on terracottas and bronze mirrors suggest that most of these double-headed earrings were worn by pushing the smaller head through the perforation in the earlobe from behind, the larger head being at the front but upside-down.

Physical description

Earring, gold, decorated with lion heads

Place of Origin

Greece (made)

Date

350 BC-300 BC (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold

Dimensions

Height: 3.7 cm, Width: 2.3 cm, Depth: 2.9 cm

Object history note

Castellani Collection

Descriptive line

Earring, gold, decorated with lion heads, Southern Italy or Sicily (Magna Graecia), about 350-300 BC

Production Note

Probably made in Magna Graecia (Southern Italy or Sicily)

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Embossing; Chasing; Granulation; Filigree

Subjects depicted

Masks; Lions

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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