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Hoop earring with a lion head

Greek, South Italian
Hellenistic Period
3rd–mid 3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Taranto


Overall: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.) Overall: 4.25 gm (0.01 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, glass (paste)

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A tapering hoop earring with lion’s-head terminals at each end; the hoop is made of tightly twisted beaded wire. The large lion-head would hang upside down. The mane is stylized into arches over the eyes, which are inlaid with paste (now brown-colored). The collar masks the join of the large lion head and the hoop is decorated with an ivy vine made of beaded filigree wire above a row of filigree tongues. The smaller lion head replicates the larger, its decorative collar consisting of a row of tongues.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Sicily.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution