Pair of earrings with bull's head terminals
Early 2nd century B.C.
Overall (as pair): 6.97 gm (0.02 lb.)
Medium or Technique
Gold with garnet and paste inlays
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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
Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund