Greek. <em>Large Single Earring</em>, late 4th–3rd century B.C.E. Gold, glass (?), 1 9/16 x Diam. of loop 1 in. (3.9 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 05.453. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.05.453_view2.jpg)

Large Single Earring


Medium: Gold, glass (?)

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 4th–3rd century B.C.E.

Dimensions: 1 9/16 x Diam. of loop 1 in. (3.9 x 2.5 cm)


Accession Number: 05.453

Image: CUR.05.453_view2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Large single gold earring. Loop a strand of closely braided gold wires tapering at one end to single gold wire ending in open hook. At other end is large hollow bull’s head with details in both repousse and incised. At base of head are two rows of granulated work; Below this is a plain curved section suggesting a large bead. After this, covering the union of loop to head, is cone-shaped ornament with granulated work. Eyes inlaid and partially preserved. Ring on under side of head. Condition: Excellent. Eyes have disintegrated and it is impossible by visual examination to determine their substance. The right eye is almost entirely gone. Surface of gold stained, wire loops join head, several small breaks. Workmanship excellent.

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