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Earring - Earring


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt set with a blue paste and decorated with filigree

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Earrings were worn by most women, of all faiths, in the Ottoman Empire. This was described as modern Turkish, when it was acquired in 1867, but is just as likely to have come from the Balkans, which were under Turkish rule at the time. The hinged attachment of the (missing) wire, and the circular design, with a ring of hollow beads round the edge, are common in some kinds of Balkan earring. The use of filigree and the comma-shaped pendants hanging from the lower edge are both typical of all kinds of Turkish jewellery.

It was bought for 6 shillings and 6 pence at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1867.

Physical description

Circular silver-gilt earring with three comma-shaped filigree pendants. The centre of the earring has a filigree dome on the front, set with a blue glass bead in a closed setting, and a disc with applied rings of twisted wire on the back. Round this is a ring of spiral wire, and there is a ring of hollow silver beads outside that. There are two loops for a hinge fitting on the top, but the wire is missing.

Place of Origin

Turkey (made)


1860-1867 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt set with a blue paste and decorated with filigree


Length: 5 cm

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt earring, lacking its wire, set with a blue paste and with three filigree pendants, Turkey, 1860-1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustrated in:
'Italian Jewellery as worn by The Peasants of Italy. Collected by Signor Castellani, and purchased from the Paris Universal Exhibition for The South Kensington Museum', London, Arundel Society for Promoting the Knowledge of Art, 1868, plate 12, 'Peasant Jewellery. Modern Turkish, Norwegian, Danish', where it was included under:
'A collection of Modern Turkish Popular Jewellery. Bought in the Turkish section of the Paris Exhibition, 1867.’


Silver-gilt; Paste




Jewellery; Metalwork


Middle East Section

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