London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A GREEK SOLID GOLD EARRING WITH A FIGURE OF A SPHINX
4TH-2ND CENTURY B.C.
The finely modelled figure of a sphinx seated on triangular pedestal, with outstretched wings, tail curled over its back, detailed coat, and with tear-shaped garnet mounted at its front, the hoop with applied zigzag detail above bobbin-shaped collar attaching to the pedestal
1 1/8 in. (2.7 cm.) high
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W. Hornbostel (ed.), Kunst der Antike, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 1977, pp. 476-7, no. 421; and B. Deppert-Lippitz, Griechischer Goldschmuck, Mainz, 1985, p. 265, no. 198.
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