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Pendant: Lion's Head

Object Details

Title:

Pendant: Lion's Head

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Etruscan

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

550–500 B.C.

Medium:

Amber

Object Number:

76.AO.80

Dimensions:

28 × 22 × 38 mm (1 1/8 × 7/8 × 1 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Gordon McLendon

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Object Description

The pendant consists of the head and neck of a lion with its mouth open, baring its teeth and extending its tongue; the ears are flattened against the head. The edges of the perforation show wear from the movement of a suspension cord. Examples of lion head pendants have been found in female graves. Depictions of necklaces with lions' heads, which are hanging from tree branches, occur in Tarquinia in the Tomb of Hunting and Fishing.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1976

Gordon McLendon (Dallas, Texas), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Causey, Faya. Amber and the Ancient World (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 88, fig. 44.

Causey, Faya. Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012), no. 33.

Lyons, Claire L. "New Etruscan Gallery premieres at the Getty Villa." Etruscan News 20 (Winter 2018), p. 16, ill.