Gold and pearl earring

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Gold, pearl
Dimensions:
H.: 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.234
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Known as crotalia (from the Greek word for rattle or castanets) because the pearl pendants would produce a jingling noise when worn, earrings of this type were extremely popular with Roman ladies. Numerous examples have been found at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Greek and Roman Jewelry: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(2): p. 35.