Pair of gold, garnet, enamel, and glass earrings
- 2nd century B.C.
- Greek, Ptolemaic
- Gold, garnet, enamel, glass
- Overall: 1 15/16 x 1 9/16in. (5 x 4cm)
- Gold and Silver
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
- Accession Number:
- 1994.230.8, .9
The earrings have terminals representing the head of Apis, the sacred Egyptian bull, identified by the sun disk and crescent set between his horns. In Ptolemaic Egypt, the cult of Apis was combined with that of Osiris to create a new Greco-Egyptian deity, Sarapis.