• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 402

    A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD MAENAD EARRINGS

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD MAENAD EARRINGS
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
    Each with the tapering hoop formed of spirally-twisted wire, joined to a spherical collar framed by rings of granulation, and terminating in a finely-modelled head of a maenad, a wreath of ivy and berries in her hair, corkscrew curls falling on either side of her face, a loop behind the head to secure the tip of the hoop
    Each: 1 1/32 in. (2.6 cm.) high (2)


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    Provenance

    Swiss Art Market, 1980s.