Ear stud - ROM2018_16320_74


Ear stud

Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
3.49 x 4.44 cm
Object number: 909.80.3
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

The wearing of earrings by both men and women came into favour in Egypt during and after the Second Intermediate Period.  The custom may have spread north from Kush (Nubia) with soldiers of the 'Pan Grave' people.

Each one of this pair of ear spools consists of a large bobbin-shaped disk of ivory, convex on one exterior surface, almost flat on the other,  with a grooved edged, worn through a hole stretched in the ear lobe.  While this pair appears alarming big, female mummies with very large holes in their ears have been excavated.  Such earring seem to have fallen out of favour after the New Kingdom.

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