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Ibex-head earrings

Ptolemaic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.
From Egypt
Gold; carnelian
a. As Worn: H. 1.8 × W. 2.1 cm (11/16 × 13/16 in.) b. As Worn: H. 1.8 × W. 2.4 cm (11/16 × 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Peter B. Waters, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.286a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Hoops formed of wound wire with animal head terminals are the commonest type of Hellenistic earring. The heads on these earrings have been referred to as those of gazelles, but is now thought more likely to be an ibex. Ibex-head earrings are well-known in Egypt, but also Asia Minor and Cyprus.

The inclusion o fthe garnet bead in the collar behind the animal's head points to a date in the 2nd-1st centuries BC.
Donated in 2005 by Peter Waters, Florida. Donor purchased the earrings for his wife about 30 years previously when a collection that had been formed in Egypt was being dissolved.

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