Gold rosette with the head of a griffin

Greek, Rhodian ?

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152

This is one of a half-dozen ornaments of special shapes still in existence; four belong to a group found on the island of Melos. All bear a combination of figural heads and rosettes embellished with granulation and filigree. Their purpose is unclear. They may have been sewn to a cloth or leather backing.

Gold rosette with the head of a griffin, Gold, Greek, Rhodian ?

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