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ear-stud

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1877,0910.21

  • 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.
    One disc of the pair retains its back stud, which has a die-formed star-burst within a spiral-beaded and plain wire border. There are no signs of any safety chain or cord.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 330BC-300BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.6 centimetres (of disc)
    • Diameter: 1.25 centimetres (of stud)
    • Weight: 8.7 grammes (with stud)
    • Weight: 6.8 grammes (without stud)
  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1878.10-15.1.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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Jewellery 2060 bibliographic details
    • Williams & Ogden 1994 52 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G22/5

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 March 1994

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    . Light clean to remove mud. Look out for enamel.

    Condition

    Surface dust and dirt in crevices of design. Calcareous deposits. Filigree in good condition. Some scratches on the gold.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned in 10 % Detarol (n-hydroxylethyl ethylenediaminetriacetic acid,trisodium salt) in tne ultra-sonic tank. Washed in tap water. Soil deposits loosened with manual manipulation of dental root-canal drill and soft stencil brush.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1877

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1877,0910.21

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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