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Greek, Hellenistic period, 323–31 BCE, Earring with Eagle Pendant, gold, about 220–130 BCE. H. 1 1/2 in. Classic Court

This magnificent earring represents Zeus, the king of the gods, as an eagle. The wings, talons, and thunderbolts are sheet gold and filigree; the body is covered with tiny granules of gold. Miniature sculptures of birds and mythological flying creatures were popular pendants for women’s earrings during the Hellenistic period.

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