Bracelet with lions' head finials

Near Eastern, Anatolian
Bronze Age
about 2400 B.C.


Accession Number

68.122

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)

Collections

Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Bracelets and armlets

Bracelet, of heavy solid rolled gold, with lion’s head finials. The lions have flat manes, eyes deeply punched, muzzle rounded and lips slightly parted. Faint punch marks on one lion for fur texture. These ornaments appear to have formed the burial jewelry of a high-born woman, not unlike the gold treasures found by Heinrich Schliemann at Troy in 1878. Certain Egyptian motifs, such as this bracelet’s lions in Egyptian Old Kingdom style, suggest commerce and sea ties between Egypt and coastal Asia Minor in the mid-third millennium BC.

Provenance

1968, sold by George Zacos (dealer), Basel, Switzerland, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1968)

Credit Line

Centennial purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay