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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 401

    A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD DOUBLE LION-HEAD EARRINGS

    CLASSICAL PERIOD TO HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD DOUBLE LION-HEAD EARRINGS
    CLASSICAL PERIOD TO HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
    Each with a tapering hoop of spiral-twisted plain wires, terminating at either end in a facing lion head, the small head at the lower end with a collar of plain wire tongues, the large terminals each with an elaborate collar of plain wire tongues, and beaded rings framing a filigree palmette flanked by ivy leaves, the lions each with a broad mane framing the well-modelled face, the eyes and mouth open through to the interior, the plain earwire (one preserved) emerging from between the fangs, hooked to the plain hoop emerging from the mouth of the smaller lion head
    Each: 1 3/16 in. (3 cm.) long (2)


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    For a similar example see no. 148, p. 215 in Williams and Ogden, Greek Gold, Jewellery of the Classical World.

    Provenance

    London Art Market, 1980s.