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Hoop earring terminating in the head of a maenad

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Hoop-shaped earring, ending in a maenad's head crowned with ivy. The hair is pulled back in a bun at the nape of the neck, with twists of hair at the side. Two large gold beads bordered with beaded wire form a collar below the head. The hoop itself is twisted wire.


By date unknown: with Azeez Khayat; October 20, 1898: purchased by MFA from Azeez Khayat for $75.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.944-98.947)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 250–160 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Eastern Mediterranean (probably)


Length: 1.8cm (11/16in.) Weight: 2.04 gm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs