Spool earring

Italic, Etruscan
Orientalizing Period
7th century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.) Weight: 4.33 gm (0.01 lb.)

Accession Number

90.181

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

“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.

Provenance

By 1890: with E. P. Warren; anonymous gift to MFA, November 14, 1890

Credit Line

Anonymous gift