Earring with inscribed gemstone
Late Imperial Period
4th century A.D.
Overall: 3.2 x 1 x 0.7 cm (1 1/4 x 3/8 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and sardonyx
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
The earring is inset with sardonyx intaglios. It has one square stone inscribed (in Greek) TE KALE (“To the beautiful one”) and one teardrop-shaped pendant inscribed with a wreath. This earring forms a pair with 66.318b.
By date unknown: with Bank Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, 8022 Zürich, Switzerland; June 1, 1966: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu & Co.
Helen and Alice Colburn Fund