London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A PAIR OF LARGE GREEK GOLD EARRINGS WITH MAENAD HEAD TERMINALS
4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
Each twisted wire hoop terminating in conical collar with granular decoration from which emerges the hollow gold head of a maenad wearing double ivy wreath in her finely detailed hair which is centrally parted and drawn into a chignon at the back, with two long curls framing her face, her plump neck with two creases, the end of the hoop passing into a loop at the back of the maenad's head
1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm.) high (2)
de Clercq collection.
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Kunst der Antike, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 1977.
Cf. F. H. Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, The British Museum, London, 1911, nos. 1684-1685 and 1699-1700, pp. 184-5, pl. XXXI for similar.
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