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Spool earring

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“A baule” or spool earrings consist of a band of sheet metal rounded at one end and rolled into a cylinder. A hook (now missing) at one end of the earring would either have passed through the earlobe or a suspension hoop in the ear. The semi-circular upper zone (now missing) was decorated...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome. [with 03.767]); March 24, 1903: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Italic, Etruscan, Late Archaic or Classical Period, early 5th century B.C.


Overall: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) Overall (with 03.767): 11.07 gm (0.02 lb.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs