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Spool earring

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An “a baule” or spool earring consists 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 spool is divided into three sections of decoration: the upper, semi-circular portion that...

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By date unknown: Prince Lucien Bonaparte Collection; by 1882: with Phillips Bros., 23 Cockspur Street, London; January 19, 1882: purchased by MFA from Phillips Bros. for $ 106.92 (the total price for MFA 82.26-82.28a-b)

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General Funds

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


Length: 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.) Weight: 5.4 gm (0.01 lb.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs