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Earring

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
525–330 B.C.


Dimensions

Diameter: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Accession Number

1971.256

Medium or Technique

Gold with inlays of turquoise, carnelian, and lapis lazuli

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs

Round earring inlaid on both sides with multi-colored, semi-precious stones. Its design may represent the king revered by the six "Great Houses" of the empire, the land of Persia surrounded by the six world regions, or the supreme god Ahuramazda surrounded by the six "Bounteous Immortals."

Provenance

By 1971: with J.J. Klejman, New York; purchased from J. J. Klejman, May 12, 1971. (Accession date: May 12, 1971)

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund