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Earring with inscribed gemstone

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The earring is inset with sardonyx intaglios. It has one square stone inscribed (in Greek) TE KALE ("To the beautiful one") and one teardrop-shaped pendant inscribed with a wreath. This earring forms a pair with 66.318b.


By date unknown: with Bank Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, 8022 Zürich, Switzerland; June 1, 1966: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu & Co.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Roman, Late Imperial Period, 4th century A.D.


Overall: 3.2 x 1 x 0.7 cm (1 1/4 x 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and sardonyx


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs