London, South Kensington
7 November 2001
A RARE HELLENISTIC GOLD KID OR LAMB-HEADED EARRING ORNAMENT
3RD CENTURY B.C.
With fine details, budding ribbed horns, curly forelock and stippled coat, longer hair under the chin and cheeks, terminating in a tongued filigree collar with a gold sphere surmounting a larger tongued collar, an attachment loop under the chin, mounted on a modern gold pin, head ¾ in. (2 cm.) high; two gold disc ornaments, each with central repoussé frontally facing head (Medusa?), with beaded gold wire borders and circle of petals, traces of inlay, two attachment loops on reverse, ½ in. (0.9 cm.) diam. av.; and a pair of Hellenistic gold lion-headed earrings, each with twisted gold wire hoop, mouth agape, the head emerging from a tongued filigree collar, some dents, late 4th-3rd Century B.C., ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) high max. (5)
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Item one: cf. P. F. Davidson and A. Oliver, Ancient Greek and Roman Gold Jewelry, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1984, pp. 60-61, no. 57 for a similar head; one other in the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam (no. 7020).
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