Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD GOAT HEAD EARRINGS
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 4TH CENTURY B.C.
Each with a hoop of braided wire tapering to a single wire that hooks through a loop on the underside of goat-head terminals, the head emerging from a collar ornamented with filigree tongues, joined to a hollow sphere ornamented with granulation, the goats with short horns emerging from their raised polls, with small convex eyes and tapering snouts
1¼ in. (3.2 cm.) wide (2)
Private Collection, Switzerland, acquired in the 1920s.
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