9 December 2004
PROPERTY FROM THE LEO MILDENBERG COLLECTION OF ANCIENT ANIMALS
A GREEK GOLD LION HEAD PENDANT
CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 5TH-EARLY 4TH CENTURY B.C.
Made from a die-formed sheet, the lolling tongue separately made, its outer edge bordered by plain wire, the wild eyes rimmed by ringlets of wire, the details of the face and mane further enhanced by stippling and incising, the join to the back-plate ornamented with bands of braided wire, plain wire, and beaded wire, the ridged suspension loop fronted by a rosette, each petal rimmed with beaded wire, a small circular exhaust hole at the center of the reverse
7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) long
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U. Gehrig, ed., Tierbilder aus vier Jahrtausenden, Antiken der Sammlung Mildenberg, Mainz am Rhein, 1983, no. 141 bis.
For related examples see no. 39, from Rhodes, and no. 187, from Kourion, Cyprus, in Williams and Ogden, Greek Gold, Jewellery of the Classical World.
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