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Earring (one of a pair)

Date:
6th–7th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold, pearls
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 in. (8.3 x 3.2 x 0.7 cm)
ring: 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1666
Not on view
Earrings like these are found throughout the Byzantine world.
Found near Assiut, Egypt (?) ; [ Maurice Nahman, Cairo (sold 1912)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1912–1913)
Dennison, Walter. A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period from Egypt. Studies in East Christian and Roman Art, Vol. 2. London and New York: University of Michigan Studies-Humanistic Series, 1918. no. 16, 17, p. 151, fig. XLI.

Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 269.

Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 306, pp. 327-328.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 62, 341, fig. 7.4.

Spier, Jeffrey. Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millenium. Paris, Chicago and New York: Les Enluminures, 2012. pp. 29–30, 99.

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