A PAIR OF HELLENISTIC GOLD LION-HEADED EARRINGS
Circa 3rd Century B. C.
"In addition to the increased wealth of gold now circulating among the Greeks, Alexander's conquests also opened up sources of gems and colored precious stones little seen before among the Greeks. Color, both from the use of these new gems, along with that provided by enameling, would become a regular and popular feature in Greek jewelry of the Hellenistic Age. The deep, rich red garnets from places like Turkey, Afghanistan and India, for several centuries were the most popular of these new gem materials."
Greek gold lion headed earrings, ca. 3rd century BC
- each with a gold modelled lion head with a gold
Provenance: English private collection.