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Pair of spool earrings

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“A baule” or spool earrings consist of sheet metal rounded at one end and rolled into a spool. A hook at one end of the earrings either passed through the earlobe or a suspension hoop in the ear. The spools are divided into three sections of decoration: the upper portion that covered the...

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By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (anonymous loan to MFA as 163-164.61; returned in 1963 and loaned again as 334-335.63); December 11, 1963: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, 6th century B.C.


Overall: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.) Overall (as pair): 10.82 gm (0.02 lb.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs