Earrings with bull head terminal
- Ptolemaic Period
- 4th–3rd century B.C.
- From Egypt
- a. As Worn: H. 1.6 × W. 2 cm (5/8 × 13/16 in.)
b. As Worn: H. 1.6 × W. 1.8 cm (5/8 × 11/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
- Accession Number:
- 10.130.1505a, b
Hoops formed of wound wire with animal head terminals are the commonest type of Hellenistic earring. The bull-head earring appears throughout the Mediterranean, probably a positive image because of the physical and sexual prowess attributed to bulls.
Examples like this one with a simple collar composed of a series of tongues mostly date to the early Ptolemaic Period.