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Spool earring

Italic, Etruscan
6th century B.C.


Overall: 1.5 x 1 x 0.8 cm (9/16 x 3/8 x 5/16 in.) Overall (with 95.91): 2.8 gm (0.01 lb.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

“A baule” or spool earrings consist of sheet metal rounded at one end and rolled into a spool. A hook at one end of the earring either passed through the earlobe or a suspension hoop in the ear.
The upper zone is pediment-shaped with a palmette design drawn in filigree wire in the center. Small cup-shaped attachments are placed at the corners of the triangle.
The central zone is filled with rosettes; small sheet metal rosette attachments are set in the four corners of the square, each with a bead in the center. Small open cups, edges cut to resemble a rosette, are placed in the interstices of the corner rosettes. A larger rosette composed of open hoops of filigree wire is placed in the center of the square; it is encircled with a border of plain and beaded filigree wire.
The lower decorative zone is divided into three long rows (separated by fluting and filigree wire).


By 1894: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: said to have been found together [with 95.87 and 95.91] at Mytilene.1894); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund