Ball-and-disk earrings (pair)

Roman
Roman
1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Height: 4.5 - 4.7 cm (1 3/4 - 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.4a-b

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A pair of Roman gold earrings of the standard gold ball-and-disk type. The ball element is not a complete sphere and is made in two halves, carefully finished. This type of earring was worn in the 1st century A.D.

The hoops are comprised of spirally twisted wire, each decorated at bottom with a large cluster, or pyramid, of globules which are in turn decorated with pyramids of fine granulation. There is a convex disk spacer between spiral and globules. The catch plate is in the form of shield.

Signed

0

Provenance

Said to have been found at Baalbek in Lebanon; by 1957: Count X. Martin de Puytison Collection in Damascus (where he was Director of the Bank of Syria and Lebanon); by 1963: with Carlebach Gallery, Madison Avenue at 79th Street, New York 28, N.Y.; January 8, 1964: purchased by MFA from Carlebach Gallery

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund