Pair of earrings with bull's head terminals

Hellenistic Period
Early 2nd century B.C.


Overall (as pair): 6.97 gm (0.02 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold with garnet and paste inlays

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Hoop earrings with well-modeled bull’s head terminals. A collar is decorated in filigree with an undulating vine stem from which branch out curling tendrils. Circles, which suggest calyxes, overlie the branchings. Below the collar is a ring of elongated triangular petals overlaid at their top with slightly convex eggs outlined in filigree. An ivy leaf below the bulls’ chins holds the loop to fasten the plain tapering hoop. Garnet inlays are mounted between the bulls’ horns, below the ring of petals, and set into the ivy leaves. Light greenish paste inlays fill the bulls’ eyes.


By date unknown: with Selim Dere, West Side Jewelry, 7 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450; Oct. 23, 1985: purchased by MFA from Selim Dere

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund