Hoop earring with lynx's head and colored stones

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


Depth: 4.3cm (1 11/16in.) Weight (with 98.772): 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


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. Some of the stones, and the hook of the earring, are missing. This earring forms a pair with 98.772.


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