Bracelet with lion protomes

Greek or Near Eastern
Early Hellenistic Period
about 330 B.C. or later

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 088.


Length: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Bracelets and armlets

A pair of lion protomes with carefully-defined heads represented as chewing on a ball. The circular object was part of a handle or, more likely, a large ceremonial bracelet. The ends are flat, and the rest of the object was made separately (in another material ). One end has a vertical tang, the opposite a shallow groove. Dark green and reddish patina.


By 1976: with Michael E. Abemayor, 667 Madison Avenue, New York 10021; purchased by MFA from Michael E. Abemayor, March 10, 1976

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund