Brooch in the form of a lion

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Phrygian
Iron Age
late 8th–early 7th century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: central Anatolia

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 4 x 3.5 x 8 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1974.411

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Brooches

This gold brooch in the form of a roaring, couchant lion was probably intended to be worn on the shoulder. The form of the brooch parallels East Greek and Lydian brooches, but the angular, stylized head suggests the work of a Phrygian artist. The figure of the lion is set on a “tray” with the pin-fastener on the underside.

Provenance

1974, sold by Mohammed Yeganeh, Frankfurt, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1974)

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund