Ear stud - ROM2018_16320_70


Ear stud

Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
2.9 x 1.9 cm
Object number: 909.80.524
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This mushroom shaped glass ear-stud was created by twisting threads of pale green and blue coloured glass together, and applying an opaque yellow finish to the tip and around the rim, possibly by dipping the ear stud in molten yellow glass.   Such an ornament would have been inserted through a hole in the earlobe so that the round head would show on the outside.  Earrings seem to have been worn first by women, but by used men as well during the New Kingdom.

 Such glass ear studs were immensely popular in the 18th Dynasty, but they fell out of use with the decline in glass production at the end of the Nineteenth Dynasty.

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