A PAIR OF ETRUSCAN GOLD A BAULE EARRINGS
circa late 6th-early 5th century b.c.
Each formed from a rectangular sheet rolled into a partial cylinder, the ends terminating in a casing inset with a silver pin for attachment of the arched earwires, each with an extension blocking the earwires in the form of a pair of lions with their heads turned back, a three-leaf palmette between them of granulation fringed with filigree, the front of each cylinder embellished with a rosette complex, the central rosette composed of a coil of wire with a small dome topped with a granule in the center, and fringed with plain and twisted wires framing a band of granulation, the corner rosettes of similar construction with a fringe of plain and twisted wire, the side rosettes each a pinched sheet with a domed topped with a granule at the center, the back of each cylinder with two filigree stylized plants of twisted wire, each curving element with a granule at its end
in. (1.27 cm.) wide