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Earrings

Period:
Parthian
Date:
ca. 1st–2nd century A.D
Geography:
Mesopotamia or Iran
Culture:
Parthian
Medium:
Gold, garnet (pyrope)
Dimensions:
1.5 x 0.83 x 1.54 in. (3.81 x 2.11 x 3.91 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Bequest of Lester Wolfe, 1983
Accession Number:
1984.175.38a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
This gold earring is formed of a hoop with five circles inlaid with red glass or garnet and other vitreous material (only partially preserved) on both sides. Six conical pendants are suspended from eight loops below the circles (two pendants are missing).

Parthian wealth obtained through lucrative trade networks resulted in substantial patronage of the arts and luxury goods including jewelry, often inlaid with semiprecious stones. In addition to surviving examples, representations of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and frontal bands appear in funerary portraits from Palmyra and statuary from Hatra.
Formerly collection of Lester Wolfe, New York (until d. 1983); from 1980, on loan to the Museum by Lester Wolfe (L.1981.13.8a,b); acquired by the Museum in 1983, bequest of Lester Wolfe.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 114 (Jul. 1, 1983 - Jun. 30, 1984), p. 19.
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