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Pair of gold earrings with a disk and Eros

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Albert M. Lythgoe, in memory of Arthur Sherburne Hardy, 1930
Accession Number:
30.116.1, .2
  • Description

    The Erotes are mirror images. Each holds a jug in one hand and a phiale in the other. Flying Eros
    was a clever subject for objects that hang freely in space, and, by the late fourth century B.C. various manifestations of Eros became the most popular motif for women's earrings.

  • References

    Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1966. "Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Jewelry." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 24(9): p. 278, fig. 17.

    Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, no. 20, pp. 66-67.

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