Earring with a dove standing on an altar

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

Earring with a dove standing on an altar

  • Greek, 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.)
Medium or Technique
Gold, garnet, and glass paste
Jewelry / Adornment
Accession Number
On view
Gems and Jewelry of the Ancient Mediterranean Gallery, Vance Wall Foundation - 210A