Head of a pin with lions, bees, an ionic capital, and foliage

Classical Period
Late fifth century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Peloponnesus


Height x width x depth: 7.7 x 4.9 x 5.1 cm (3 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 2 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

The head of a straight pin. At the bottom are two globes, one above the other; above these globes, a four-sided Ionic capital; from the four volutes of the capital, rise lions, whose forepaws rest on the cone-shaped object at the center of the design, consisting of clusters of acanthus leaves. Between the forelegs of the lions rise spirals and between these are bees. The top of the pin head is a small rosette or flower. The pin has a fine mesh chain ending in snake’s heads, probably to connect it to a similar pin worn at the same time.

Said to have been found with the gold sphinx pin 96.718, and the Athenian red-figure acorn lekythos 95.1402.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Said to have been found at Aigion, but also said to have been found between Patras and Pyrgos.) [this provenance applies to 96.717-96.718 and 95.1402-95.1403, all having been found together]; October 1896: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund