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ear-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1866,0504.96

  • Description

    Gold ear-ring, broad `boat-shaped' crescent, the back filled with a concave gold plate; above is a lenticular disc decorated with a circle of beaded wire, masking the join of the S-shaped wire hook with the body of the ear-ring.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC-2ndC
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 61 grains
  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1866.5-4.95

  • Bibliography

    • Jewellery 2617 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1997 15 Oct-1998 30 Apr, Italy, Rome, Fondazione Memmo, Ancient Faces

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1866

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1866,0504.96

Gold ear-ring, broad `boat-shaped' crescent, the back filled with a concave gold plate; above is a lenticular disc decorated with a circle of beaded wire, masking the join of the S-shaped wire hook with the body of the ear-ring.

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