Ancient Sculpture Gallery

Lion Head Bangle

Sterling silver, with 24k gold plate

Dimensions: Inner circumference 7 in

Item No. J121

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Period: Hellenistic Age (4th-1st century B.C.)

This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction

Lion Head Bangle
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Sterling silver, with 24K gold plate. Inner circumference 7 in. For more than 2,000 years, Cyprus has been a way station for ships circulating around the eastern Mediterranean. The exposure of Cypriot craftsmen to foreign artistic styles from both East and West is reflected in the distinctive hybrid forms of jewelry that, by the Classical period (475-325 B.C.), represent an amalgam of Greek, Near Eastern, and indigenous styles. Classical Cypriot jewelry is particularly notable for its high level of execution, as seen in objects excavated in great numbers at burial sites in the major cities of Kourion, Amathus, and Enkomi. As far back as the late 4th millennium B.C., the lion has symbolized power, and from the 6th century B.C. on, lion heads became a popular motif on jewelry in various parts of the Greek world. Our bangle is based on one of a pair of original Cypriot bracelets from around 450-400 B.C. and now in the Museum's collection. The originals were crafted in gold with a copper-alloy core and feature a lion's head on each end. They also employ a trick that artisans have used for centuries to give the bracelets a flexibility enabling the bracelet to be twisted on or off the wrist.


What we offer? Have you ever wished you could wear the same jewelry once worn by the famous kings, queens, emperors and empresses of antiquity? Ancient Sculpture Gallery is presenting you that unique opportunity. Here you will find accurate museum reproductions of the some of the most impressive historical jewelry, from the beginnings of human civilization to the modern era. We carry full lines of jewelry: rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, cameos and intaglios, and jewelry with coins. We offer jewelry in silver and in various denominations of gold, from 14k to pure .999 24k gold, just like their ancient originals. We also offer gold plated jewelry in up to 24k gold. The ancients treasured pure gold and used it to make objects for their most important rituals. The famous pieces of Egyptian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Inca and Aztec civilizations would not last if they were made of anything less than 24 karat gold. In the today's museums around the world, ancient gold jewelry, coins and artifacts, continue to remind us of the enduring beauty and elegance of pure 24k gold. Civilizations:We offer jewelry from the following civilizations: Ancient Egypt, Greece, Roman Empire, Hellenistic (Macedonian) Age, Minoan Crete, Etruscans, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Persia, Syria, Byzantine Empire, Vikings, Celtic, Ancient Slavs, Anglo-Saxon Britain, Frankish Gaul, Islamic and Ottoman, China and Tibet, Imperial Russia, and 19th-20th century Modern Museums: We have jewelry reproductions from these museums: The British Museum in London, State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and more. The ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman antiquity, from 5th century BC to 4th century AD, is when some of the most fascinating pieces of jewelry were created. They are now part of various prominent museums around the world and we are here offering their museum reproductions in gold and silver. Many of the items can be done in sets (ex. necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring). Please contact us if you wish a complete set of one same design. Rings are available in several sizes - when placing your order please tell us your chosen size. Visit our "JEWELRY" listings! Our jewelry products are replicas of ancient jewelry masterpieces now in the museums around the world, made of gold and silver, and sometimes adorned with precious stones. Buy with confidence - we have excellent customer satisfaction among our customers around the world.

Our jewelry products are replicas of ancient jewelry masterpieces now in the museums around the world. We offer jewelry in silver and in various denominations of gold, from 14k to pure .999 24k gold, just like their ancient originals. We also offer gold plated jewelry in up to 24k gold. The base metal is brass in most cases for all our gold plated jewelry. Many of our jewelry are decorated with various precious stones. For more details please visit our "Jewelry FAQ".


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