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Spool earring

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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 earring either passed through the earlobe or a suspension hoop in the ear. The upper third of the earring is pediment-shaped and decorated with a partial palmette set...

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By 1890: with E. P. Warren; anonymous gift to MFA, November 14, 1890

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Anonymous gift

Italic, Etruscan, Orientalizing Period, 7th century B.C.


Legacy dimension: .014 L. Weight: 4.33 gm (0.01 lb.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs