Horseshoe earring

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
mid 5th–late 4th century B.C.

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Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Semicircular horseshoe earring (aka “a grappolo”). A part of the hoop, which is hollow with beading along the edges, is surmounted by a semicircular disc decorated with lines and circles of filigree. Below, seven balls forming a pyramid, with small balls forming a pyramid, with small balls filling the spaces. One of a pair with 01.7304.


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