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Gold and amethyst earring

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Gold, amethyst
Dimensions:
Other: 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3973
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Hook earrings result when the original conception of the earring as a ring for the ear is wholly forgotten, and decorative jewels are simply suspended in the ear by an S-shaped hook of thin wire.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 3973, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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