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    Gold ear stud. The outer edge of this particularly elaborate stud is formed from a corrugated gold strip which is soldered onto the upturned edge of the pan-like disc. The top rim bears a row of granules which, in at least two places, are attached to an inserted wire loop rather than being soldered in place. These loops may once have supported pendants. The decorated field of the disc bears concentric bands of beaded, plain and rope filigree and a frieze of palmettes (alternately circumscribed and uncircumscribed) in plain wire filigree. In the centre of the disc is an upright tubular pillar, over which are four tiers (perhaps more originally) of gold rings with radiating wires. The tiers bear, in turn, rosettes of six petals, rosettes of four petals, a gold granule and ivy leaves. The back stud is plain with a beaded wire border and an attachment loop, perhaps for a safety link to the front section, where the attachment loop is now missing. The tube on the back stud locates precisely into the tube on the reverse of the disc.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 330BC-300BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.8 centimetres (of disc)
    • Diameter: 1.4 millimetres (of stud)
    • Weight: 7.5 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Williams and Ogden 1994

    Originally, the top of the central tube would have borne a rosette or other motif. Since such elements were often simply fixed in place by a tight push-fit, its loss is not surprising.
    BIBLIOGRAPHY: BMCJ 2059; Deppert-Lippitz, fig. 134 (left).

  • Bibliography

    • Jewellery 2059 bibliographic details
    • Williams & Ogden 1994 51 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    18 March 1994

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    . Light clean to remove mud. (look out for enamel)


    Dirt and mud in crevices. Filigree secure but not well soldered in place. Some damage to border, some granulation missing. No enamel is present on this piece.

    Treatment details

    Gold cleaned with 10% Detarol (n-hydroxylethyl ethylenediaminetriacetic acid,trisodium salt) washed off with tap water. Mud loosened with soft stencil brush, tip of scalpel,pin-vice,sharpened cocktail stick or dental root canal drill ( manually manipulated) under x20 magnification.

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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Gold ear-stud decorated with filigree palmettes, with a separate back-stud.

Gold ear-stud decorated with filigree palmettes, with a separate back-stud.

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