Ear stud

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
6th century B.C.


Overall: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) Overall (with 01.8171): 3.91 gm (0.01 lb.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

The ear stud is a flat disk decorated in filigree and granulation. The edge of the disk is decorated with large beads. The interior of the disk is decorated with two rows of a tongue pattern in filigree; the space between the rows is filled with granulation. The central inlay is now missing. The reverse has a projecting hollow tube, into which a backing piece would have fit a narrower tube. Forms a pair with 01.8171.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome: known to be from a tomb in the necropolis of Bomarzo [with 01.8171, 01.8173-01.8174]); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution