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Earring

Period:
Parthian
Date:
ca. A.D 1st–2nd century
Geography:
Mesopotamia or Iran
Culture:
Parthian
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
L. 1-5/8 in.
Classification:
Metalwork-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
35.29.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
This pair of exquisitely crafted gold earrings take the form of scroll-handled vases composed of hollow balls designed to resemble grape clusters and soldered together with granules. The vases themselves are soldered to large rings, and hollow cylindrical bases at their bottom tips each have four additional hollow balls soldered to them.

Parthian wealth obtained through lucrative trade networks resulted in substantial patronage of the arts and luxury goods including jewelry. In addition to surviving examples, representations of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and frontal bands appear in funerary portraits from Palmyra and statuary from Hatra.
Acquired by the Museum in 1935, purchased from Elias S. David, New York.

“Wine: Celebration and Ceremony.” Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, June 4–October 13, 1985.

Dimand, Maurice S. 1936. "Near Eastern Jewelry and Metalwork." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 31, p. 36, fig. 1.
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