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Earring

Date:
17th century
Geography:
Morocco
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Gold, enamel, pearl, emerald, ruby
Dimensions:
3 1/8 in. (8 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Marguerite McBey, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.5.17
  • Description

    These earrings have several features reminiscent of Roman and even earlier types. The hoop ear wire, with the stone set at the front and the hinge connecting it to the stone-set box element, is perhaps the most telling of these features, since the wrapped-wire method of suspending pearls and stones was in almost universal practice since ancient times. The settings, in which the gold is cut away and pushed up over the edge of the stones, are not unrelated to those on jewelry from Iran, India, and Europe during this period. The emeralds are of good quality and probably reflect their relative availability after the influx into the East of material from Colombia following the Spanish Conquest.

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