Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Gold and copper alloy spiral earring with lion-griffin head terminal

1st half of the 4th century B.C.
Greek, Cypriot
1 7/16 x 13/16in. (3.7 x 2cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
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.
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.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 389, p. 239, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): pp. 22-3, fig. 19.

Tatton-Brown, Veronica. 2000. "The New Galleries of Cypriot Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Apollo, 152: pp. 5-7, fig. 5.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 292, pp. 251, 463, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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