Earring pendant with Ganymede and an eagle

Early Hellenistic Period
330–280 B.C.


Overall: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) Overall: 2.44 gm (0.01 lb.)

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Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

An earring pendant of an eagle grasping the youth Ganymede at the hips as he carries him up to Olympus to be Zeus’s cupbearer. Ganymede holds a shepherd’s staff in his left hand and raises his right to touch the eagle’s wing; a strip of a metal over his right shoulder represents his himation.


By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (from the Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C. auction of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-4, 1900); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

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Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution