13 December 2002
PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. & MRS. FREDDY AND REGINA T. HOMBURGER
A PAIR OF NABATEAN/SYRO-ROMAN GOLD EARRINGS
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Each formed from a plain tapering hoop with a hook and loop closure, the underside joined to a crescent sheet adorned on each side with rows of granulation, rope pattern, hollow hemispheres topped with a cluster of granules, and rope pattern, with a fringe of nine triangles of granulation, each capped with a large hollow sphere, and interspersed by wire loops with small beads at the upper end, each end capped with an S-shaped wire next to a pyramid of hollow spheres, one side of which with a cluster of granules on each sphere
2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm) wide (2)
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For related examples see figs. E9-16 in Goldman, "Nabataean/Syro-Roman Lunate Earrings" in The Israel Exploration Journal.
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