Earring, One of a Pair

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

This crescent-shaped earring is one of a pair (see 2006.273a). It is constructed of gold wire and filigree. The decorative details are achieved through the openwork filigree and fine granulation. In a 12th century manuscript, the Treatises of Fixed Stars, female figures (representing constellations) are depicted wearing crescent-shaped jewelry, both earrings and head ornaments.

Earring, One of a Pair, Gold; filigree and granulation

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