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Earring - Earring


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Beirut (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold filigree with pendent seed pearls

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The traditional jewellery of the Syrian region, which incorporated much of Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon as well as Syria itself in the 19th century, shows influences from a wide range of sources, reflecting Syria’s strong trading traditions and central location. The jewellery worn in towns, which is often Ottoman or western in style, is frequently very different from that worn by the nomadic Bedouin, whose characteristic silver jewellery is much better known today.

This delicate gold filigree earring with seed pearl pendants is from the urban tradition. There is very little to distinguish it from filigree work from anywhere else around the Mediterranean, but there is no reason to think that it is not typical of what was worn in Syrian towns such as Beirut at the time.

Physical description

Gold filigree pendent earring, consisting of a flat rosette attached to the end of a straight wire. There are three pearls with filigree caps hanging from the lower rim of the rosette. Another pendant, made from a filigree motif with curling sides, hangs from the lowest point of the rosette by two short chains, with five more pearls with filigree caps hanging from its lower edge. There may originally have been pearls in the centre of the rosette and the filigree motif below it.

Place of Origin

Beirut (made)


1860-1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold filigree with pendent seed pearls


Length: 6 cm

Object history note

Bought for 12 shillings for the pair in 1872

Descriptive line

Gold filigree pendent earring with seed pearl drops, Beirut (Lebanon), 1860-1870.


Gold; Seed pearls




Jewellery; Metalwork


Middle East Section

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