Roman Hairpin with Gryllos Terminal, 2nd to 4th Cent AD
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1188057
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Rare Roman hairpin with a flat terminal carved in the shape of a gryllos, a fantastical creature that is part human, part animal. The present example reminds of a bearded man with ram-like horns, converging with an elephant (?)
Grylloi were a popular subject on Roman intaglios.
Roman, 2nd to 4th century AD
H. 10.8 cm (4.3 in)
Intact, fine condition.
German art market (data will be disclosed to the buyer)
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed