Earring with inscribed gemstone

Roman
Late Imperial Period
4th century A.D.


Dimensions

Length (approx total): 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

66.318b

Medium or Technique

Gold and sardonyx

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

The earring is inset with sardonyx intaglios. It has one square stone inscribed (in Greek) TI KALE (“To the beautiful one”) and one teardrop-shaped pendant inscribed with a wreath. This earring forms a pair with 66.318a.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Bank Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, 8022 Zürich, Switzerland; June 1, 1966: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu & Co.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund