8 December 2005
A PAIR OF ACHAEMENID GOLD EARRINGS
CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
Each constructed of gold sheet forming a large hollow hoop, rectangular in section, each corner bordered by a double row of granulation framing a thin plain wire, ornamented entirely on the sides and along the outer edge with six-petalled rosettes formed of small sheet disks, centered by a large concave disk, the plain ear wire hinged to both ends of the hoop
Each: 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) long (2)
European Private Collection, 1990s.
with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 2004 (Ancient Works, no. 78).
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For a range of related examples see nos. 173-179 in Curtis and Tallis, eds., Forgotten Empire, The World of Ancient Persia.
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