7th century B.C.
Length: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.) Weight: 4.33 gm (0.01 lb.)
Medium or Technique
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“A baule” or spool earrings consist of sheet metal rounded at one end and rolled into a spool. A hook at one end of the earring either passed through the earlobe or a suspension hoop in the ear. The upper third of the earring is pediment-shaped and decorated with a partial palmette set between two sphinxes. The central square is decorated with rosettes of various types. There is a fluted metal strip between central square and lower square. Three rows of sharply fluted sheet metal comprise the lowest decorative zone. This earring is noticeably small for the type; it forms a pair with 90.182.
By 1890: with E. P. Warren; anonymous gift to MFA, November 14, 1890