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Round earring inlaid on both sides with multi-colored, semi-precious stones. Its design may represent the king revered by the six "Great Houses" of the empire, the land of Persia surrounded by the six world regions, or the supreme god Ahuramazda surrounded by the six "Bounteous...

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By 1971: with J.J. Klejman, New York; purchased from J. J. Klejman, May 12, 1971. (Accession date: May 12, 1971)

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Achaemenid, 525–330 B.C.


Diameter: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold with inlays of turquoise, carnelian, and lapis lazuli


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs