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Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    Tuscany (possibly, made)
    Umbria (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    400-300 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold

  • Museum number:

    8732&A-1863

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 2, shelf B, box 2 []

The Etruscan goldsmiths produced rich objects in striking forms that were technically very difficult to make. Greek styles and techniques were influential, but Etruscan jewellery was also characterised by original, local types. This object is an example of an Etruscan design.
The most common type of Etruscan earrings in the 4th century are the a grappolo or grape-cluster earrings. They are often shown worn by women on Etruscan terracottas and tomb paintings. These are of a simple design. Some are more elaborate, surmounted by a semi-circular, highly decorated element, sometimes with filigree and granulation.
The a baule earrings, in shape of small bags, are also designs typical of Etruscan jewellery.

Physical description

Pair of grape-cluster earrings (a grapollo), gold, decorated with pendants of bosses and beads.

Place of Origin

Tuscany (possibly, made)
Umbria (possibly, made)

Date

400-300 BC (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold

Descriptive line

Pair of earrings, gold, decorated with wire spirals and applied work, northern Italy (Tuscany or Umbria), Etruscan, 5th-3rd century BC

Materials

Gold

Subjects depicted

Studs (bosses); Beads (round objects)

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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