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  • Place of origin:

    Greece (made)

  • Date:

    350 BC-300 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, with filigree and granulation

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 2, shelf C, box 8

A feature of Greek jewellery is the use of gold, solide or of hammered sheet metal, to form sculptural motifs with intricate geometric and floral ornaments. The filigree and granulation decoration on this ear stud are of particular delicacy. It shows the use of plain wires, concentric borders of ropes, beaded wires, and outer line of gold granules.
The fly in the centre, although ancient, may have been added later, probably in the workshop of Casteallani who owned the piece.

Physical description

Ear stud, Greek world, probably from the East, about 350-300 BC. Gold, with granulation and filigree.

Place of Origin

Greece (made)


350 BC-300 BC (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, with filigree and granulation


Depth: 1.3 cm, Diameter: 2.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired from the Castellani collection

Descriptive line

Ear stud, gold, with granulation and filigree, Greek world, probably from the East, 350-300 BC



Subjects depicted

Flies; Insects




Metalwork Collection

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