Hoop earring with lynx's head and colored stones

Hellenistic Period
2nd–early 1st century B.C.


4.3 cm Weight (with 98.773): 16.42 gm (0.04 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, garnet, agate and emerald

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, 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. The hook of the earring is missing. This earring forms a pair with 98.773.


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