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Gold and variscite earring (one of a pair)

Period:
Mid-Imperial
Date:
2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Gold, chalcedony
Dimensions:
Diam.: 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3907
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Pair of earrings with green beads made from a type of chalcedony known as variscite, attached by wire loops.
From Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. XIX, 4, 5, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 3907, 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. 483, pp. 290-1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Frantz, Tony, Dorothy Abramitis, Linda Borsch, and Mark T. Wypyski. 2009. "Roman Variscite Beads: In Situ Analysis by X-ray Microdiffraction." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 67 (1): pp. 20-1, fig. 37.

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