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Gold earring with head of a bull

Period:
Late Bronze Age
Date:
ca. 1400–1050 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Other: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3131
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Most of the raw materials for Cypriot jewelry came from the East. Gold became plentiful in the Late Bronze Age, when Syria and Egypt were the primary sources. This earring is a Cypriot creation, an ornament in the form of a bull's head.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 3131, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 111, p. 70, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 273, pp. 235, 460, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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