Earring with a dove standing on an altar

Hellenistic Period
150–100 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 5.2 x 1.2 x 2.6 cm (2 1/16 x 1/2 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, garnet, and glass paste

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs

Earring with a dove hanging from a disc, which is surmounted by a stylized crown of an Egyptian god composed of a sun disc surmounted by two feathers. At the sides of the sun disc, vine scrolls replace the more usual grain. The dove stands on an altar decorated with garlands. The surface of the dove is covered with beads of gold granulation, colorful stones, and glass paste.


By date unknown: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York 21; purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, January 10, 1968

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund