A Greek appliqué of a lion’s head in silver with very fine detailing. The ears are pushed back from their frontal position, and the mouth is wide open, bearing teeth, as if roaring. Careful attention has also been paid to the lion’s muzzle and eyes. The reverse is smooth and curved.
Lions were prominent in Greek art on account of their ferocity, thereby symbolising power and wealth. Nobility, strength, and masculine prowess were also associations made with the lion. They were valued to the extent that, in the royal hunt, the killing of the lion was reserved for the king and prince alone (as is depicted in the Lion Hunt mosaic from Pella).
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