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Ball-and-disk earrings (pair)

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A pair of Roman gold earrings of the standard gold ball-and-disk type. The ball element is not a complete sphere and is made in two halves, carefully finished. This type of earring was worn in the 1st century A.D. The hoops are comprised of spirally twisted wire, each decorated at bottom with...

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Said to have been found at Baalbek in Lebanon; by 1957: Count X. Martin de Puytison Collection in Damascus (where he was Director of the Bank of Syria and Lebanon); by 1963: with Carlebach Gallery, Madison Avenue at 79th Street, New York 28, N.Y.; January 8, 1964: purchased by MFA from Carlebach Gallery

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund

Roman, Roman, 1st century A.D.


Height: 4.5 - 4.7 cm (1 3/4 - 1 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs