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  • Description

    Gold ear stud, one of pair. The disc is pan-shaped with an upturned edge rimmed with beaded wire. Within the disc are concentric bands of spiral-beaded, plain and rope filigree, and friezes of simple filigree running spirals and complex spirals with omega fillers, all in spiral-beaded wire. In the centre of the disc is a three-tiered flower-head, its convex petals bordered in spiral-beaded wire, surmounted by a large central granule.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 330BC-300BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.6 centimetres (of disc)
    • Diameter: 1.25 centimetres (of stud)
    • Weight: 6.8 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1877.9-10.21.Williams and Ogden 1994

    Such ear studs were particularly common in burials in Asia Minor and on Cyprus, but they also occur in South Italy, in Thrace, in the North Pontic area (Hermitage T.1855.4) and even in Egypt. Representations of the type may be found in northern Greece and South Italy.
    BIBLIOGRAPHY: BMCJ 2060-1; Deppert-Lippitz, fig. 134 (right). Cypriot examples: Pierides, pl. 20, 1-2 and 3-4. Thracian studs (from Galata): Greifenhagen 11, fig. 2. South Italy (S. Maria d'Anglona, near Herakleia): NSc 23 (1969), p. 178, fig. 12.


  • Bibliography

    • Jewellery 2061 bibliographic details
    • Williams & Ogden 1994 52 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G22/dc5

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    18 March 1994

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    . light clean, look out for enamel.


    Damaged with some filigree missing.Original manufacturing damage in the form of an area of filigree which has been mis-soldered to the central area. Filigree loose in some areas. Mud in crevices of the design. Surface dust and dirt. No enamel is present on this piece.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with 10% Detarol (n-hydroxylethyl ethylenediaminetriacetic acid,trisodium salt) washed off with tap water. Loose filigree stuck down with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Mud removed with sharpened cocktail stick, pin-vice, tip of scalpel or dental root canal drill. (Manually manipulated) and soft stencil brush,at x20 magnification.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Gold ear-stud and separate back stud: the disc is decorated with filigree and a central rosette; the back stud is decorated with a die-formed star-burst.

Gold ear-stud and separate back stud: the disc is decorated with filigree and a central rosette; the back stud is decorated with a die-formed star-burst.

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