Earrings with ibex head terminal
- Ptolemaic Period
- 4th–3rd century B.C.
- From Egypt
- a. As Worn: H. 1.5 × W. 1.6 cm (9/16 × 5/8 in.)
b. As Worn: H. 1.5 × W. 1.6 cm (9/16 × 5/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
- Accession Number:
- 10.130.1508a, b
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 relatively simple decoration of these earrings points to an early Ptolemaic date.