- Ptolemaic Period
- 2nd–1st century B.C.
- From Egypt
- Gold; carnelian
- a. As Worn: H. 1.8 × W. 2.1 cm (11/16 × 13/16 in.)
b. As Worn: H. 1.8 × W. 2.4 cm (11/16 × 15/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Peter B. Waters, 2005
- Accession Number:
- 2005.286a, b
Hoops formed of wound wire with animal head terminals are the commonest type of Hellenistic earring. The heads on these earrings have been referred to as those of gazelles, but is now thought more likely to be an ibex. Ibex-head earrings are well-known in Egypt, but also Asia Minor and Cyprus.
The inclusion o fthe garnet bead in the collar behind the animal's head points to a date in the 2nd-1st centuries BC.