Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Gilt bronze spiral with lion-griffin terminal

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 400–350 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cypriot
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
1 5/16 x 13/16in. (3.3 x 2cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3371
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This typically Cypriot element of jewelry, usually found in pairs, served either as a hair spiral or an earring.
From Cyprus, said to be from Kourion

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 158, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 173, p. 238, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

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