- ca. 1st–2nd century A.D
- Mesopotamia or Iran
- Gold, garnet (pyrope)
- 1.5 x 0.83 x 1.54 in. (3.81 x 2.11 x 3.91 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Bequest of Lester Wolfe, 1983
- Accession Number:
- 1984.175.38a, b
This gold earring is formed of a hoop with five circles inlaid with red glass or garnet and other vitreous material (only partially preserved) on both sides. Six conical pendants are suspended from eight loops below the circles (two pendants are missing).
Parthian wealth obtained through lucrative trade networks resulted in substantial patronage of the arts and luxury goods including jewelry, often inlaid with semiprecious stones. In addition to surviving examples, representations of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and frontal bands appear in funerary portraits from Palmyra and statuary from Hatra.