Earring with a pendant Eros: one of a pair

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 5.2 x 2 x 0.5 cm (2 1/16 x 13/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

90.177

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Long wire hook attached to back of disc with a 12-petaled rosette; the center is a large bead and the petals are bordered with filigree wire; the rosette is bordered with two finely beaded rings of wire. Below this hangs a pendant in form of Eros, left arm raised and right extended below, holding a phiale (a shallow dish for wine used in religious ceremonies).

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; November 14, 1890: anonymous gift to MFA

Credit Line

Anonymous gift