Earring

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Achaemenid
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

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

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

1971, sold by J.J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 12, 1971)

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund