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Ancient Greece, Hellenistic, ca. late 4th to 3rd century BCE. One of the most superb works of luxury art from ancient Greece, a very rare pair of matching 18K gold earrings, each one comprised of a pan-shaped disk that houses an attractive rosette with petals delineated in plain wire, the upturned edges of the disk trimmed with a beaded border. Suspended from this is a solid-cast figure of Eros, the god of love, depicted with an advanced right leg, separately cast wings, and holding a large torch in both hands across his body. Eros is characteristically nude save the billowing mantle (also separately cast) strewn across his chest and down either side of his body. All is suspended from a hooked wire on the verso of the floral disk. A beautiful pair of earrings - luxurious tokens of love during ancient times that still resonate with us - making our hearts sing today! Size: each measures ~ 1.125" H (2.9 cm); 1.625" H (4.1 cm) including hooked wires; Total Weight: 4.2 grams

A similar pair of Greek gold earrings presenting Eros below a disk form sold for $25,000 at Christie's New York (Ancient Jewelry, 9 December 2010, Sale 2375, lot 359) - https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-pair-of-greek-gold-earrings-hellenistic-5385566-details.aspx

See a similar pair of ancient Greek gold earrings with Eros suspended from a disk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (30.116.1.2) on view in Gallery 158 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/253134

For another related example see no. 1888 in Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Christie's, New York (Ancient Jewelry, Sale 2771, December 13, 2013, Lot 251); ex-private New York, USA collection; ex-Joseph G. Gerena Fine Art, New York, USA, 1999

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Condition

Earrings are remarkably well-preserved save slight wear commensurate with age. It is possible that a pearl or stone was once set within the center of each flower. Ear wires are still somewhat flexible.

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Ancient Greek 18K Gold Earrings w/ Erotes, ex-Christies

Estimate $15,000 - $20,000Jun 20, 2018