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Pair of gold, garnet, enamel, and glass earrings

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic
Medium:
Gold, garnet, enamel, glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 15/16 x 1 9/16in. (5 x 4cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.230.8, .9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
The earrings have terminals representing the head of Apis, the sacred Egyptian bull, identified by the sun disk and crescent set between his horns. In Ptolemaic Egypt, the cult of Apis was combined with that of Osiris to create a new Greco-Egyptian deity, Sarapis.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Ariel Herrmann. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1994–1995: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 53(2): p. 14.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1995. "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 125: p. 16.

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