Art/ Collection/ Art Object


mid-1st century
Gold, garnets, green glass
Overall: 1 3/4 x 9/16 x 3/8 in. (4.5 x 1.4 x 1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
Not on view
This earring is said to be from the ancient city of Olbia, long a colonial trading post of the ancient Greeks on the northern coast of the Black Sea. At the time these earrings were made, Olbia's local inhabitants—Greeks, Scythians, and Sarmatians—were flush with gold and silver received from the Romans in exchange for local goods, such as salt and grain.
Said to have been found in Olbia, southern Ukraine.; Joseph Chmielowski, Ochakov, Ukraine ? (sold 1922); his sale, American Art Galleries, New York (February 24, 1922, no. 693)
Illustrated catalogue of the remarkable Greek archaeological collection from Olbia in South Russia excavated during the past ten years by, and under the supervision of, the present owner Mr. Joseph Chmielowski. New York: American Art Association, February 23–25, 1922. no. 693, (unpaginated).

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 52, 356, fig. 6.2.

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