Disk earring with a pendant dove on an altar

Hellenistic Period
220–150 B.C.


Overall: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.) Overall: 6.9 gm (0.02 lb.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A disk earring with a pendant dove seated on a base (altar). The upper portion of the earring is formed from two disks, one small roundel above a larger disk decorated with a rosette. The main disk has a beaded edge and a large filigree rosette with a large central bead. Below is the figure of the dove which stands on a square base. The dove is slightly crushed and there is a small hole in the bird’s body. Decorative details are added in granulation (feet, the front of the wings) and filigree wire (tail feathers, garland on base). A double twist of gold wire curving from the base of the lower disk to the upper disk forms the suspension hoop.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution