Hoop earring with a lion head
Greek, South Italian
3rd–mid 3rd century B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Taranto
Overall: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.) Overall: 4.25 gm (0.01 lb.)
Medium or Technique
Gold, glass (paste)
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
A tapering hoop earring with lion’s-head terminals at each end; the hoop is made of tightly twisted beaded wire. The large lion-head would hang upside down. The mane is stylized into arches over the eyes, which are inlaid with paste (now brown-colored). The collar masks the join of the large lion head and the hoop is decorated with an ivy vine made of beaded filigree wire above a row of filigree tongues. The smaller lion head replicates the larger, its decorative collar consisting of a row of tongues.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Sicily.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution