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Gold rosette with the head of a griffin

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 630–620 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Rhodian ?
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm) diameter 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.229.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
This is one of a half-dozen ornaments of special shapes still in existence; four belong to a group found on the island of Melos. All bear a combination of figural heads and rosettes embellished with granulation and filigree. Their purpose is unclear. They may have been sewn to a cloth or leather backing.
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