Gold and copper alloy spiral with lion-head terminal

Greek, Cypriot

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Gold spiral earring with copper alloy core and a lion-head terminal. One of a pair with 74.51.3367. The lion-head is made in two halves (left and right) from sheet gold.

Spirals with ornate animal-head terminals are frequently found in Cypriot tombs of the Classical period. Terracotta and limestone votive statues illustrate that from the Archaic through the Classical period it was customary for Cypriot men and women to wear such ornaments in large holes pierced through their earlobes.

Gold and copper alloy spiral with lion-head terminal, Gold, copper alloy, Greek, Cypriot

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