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Gold spiral earring with lion-griffin terminal

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 400–350 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cypriot
Medium:
Gold, carnelian
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3372
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
The eyes and rosettes were originally inlaid with colored enamel, and the goldworking is of very high quality. The spirals themselves are made of copper alloy rods covered in thin gold sheet.
Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 26, fig. 38, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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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