Earring with lion-griffin terminal

Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

Hoops formed of wound wire with animal head terminals are the commonest type of Hellenistic earring. The griffin is a mythical winged animal that could have an eagle head or a horned lion-head. The latter is the only sort found on Egyptian jewelry; it has been suggested that it was associated with the Macedonian dynasty, while the eagle griffin was associated with the Achamenid Persians.

The 'collar' behind the lion-griffin's head is decorated with granulation and filagree.

Earring with lion-griffin terminal, Gold

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10.130.1500 (left); 10.130.1501 (right)