Hoop earring with lynx's head and colored stones

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd to early 1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Depth: 4.3cm (1 11/16in.) Weight (with 98.772): 16.42 gm (0.04 lb.)

Accession Number

98.773

Medium or Technique

Gold, garnet, agate and emerald

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Gold earring with colored stones. It ends in a lynx’s head with emerald eyes, and an emerald between the ears. From the mouth of the cat hang three colored stones, set in gold; the cat’s neck ends in three beads of colored stone, separated by filigree. Some of the stones, and the hook of the earring, are missing. This earring forms a pair with 98.772.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund