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Gold Earring with Garnets

5th–6th century
Gold, garnets
Overall: 1 9/16 x 3/8 in. (4 x 1 cm) Hoop: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) Bead: 3/8 in. (1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Hoop earrings with fourteen-sided beads derived from late Roman jewelry and were adopted in the 400s by eastern Germanic women.
Said to have been found in Olbia, southern Ukraine.; Joseph Chmielowski, Ochakov, Ukraine ?(sold 1922); his sale, American Art Galleries, New York (February 24, 1922, no. 710)
Illustrated catalogue of the remarkable Greek archaeological collection from Olbia in South Russia excavated during the past ten years by, and under the supervision of, the present owner Mr. Joseph Chmielowski. New York: American Art Association, February 23–25, 1922. no. 710, (unpaginated).

Menghin, Wilfried, Tobias Springer, and Egon Wamers, ed. Germanen, Hunnen und Awaren: Schätze der Völkerwanderungszeit. Nuremberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, 1987. no. I.20.a, p. 114.

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. 108, 357, fig. 10.7.

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