Earring in the form of a prancing horse

Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Turkey (probably)


Length to tip of hoop: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.) Weight: 2.3 gm (0.01 lb.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A prancing horse is set on a rectangular base; the horse trappings of reins, headstall and saddle blanket are carefully picked out with beaded filigree wire. The lower edge of the saddle blanket also has a border of petals or tongues in filigree. The tail is a thick twisted wire. A columnar post behind the front legs supports the horse’s body. The earring was originally a hoop, with a tube attached below the tail and curving over the horse’s back. The earring hoop is not complete, although an attachment loop still remains on the head.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: sent from Smyrna); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund