Ear stud - ROM2018_16320_67


Ear stud

Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
1.77 x 2.86 cm
Object number: 909.80.10
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description This mushroom shaped ear-stud was carved from travertine. Such an ornament would have been inserted through a hole in the earlobe so that the convex head would show on the piece,


This  ear ornament belongs to the category of tube-and-boss. The short tubular stem narrows slightly towards straight end; the hollow interior of the stem continues into the head, narrowing gradually. There would originally have been a second piece, almost identical, but with a slightly smaller boss and a slightly narrower tube so that it could fit inside the other. This style allows the wearing of very large ear-studs without actually severely the ear lobe. Three complete sets of such ear ornaments were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

The earliest excavated ear-studs were found at Kerma in Sudan, and had been worn during the Second Intermediate Period.  Ear studs, ear spools and earrings of various types became popular with both men and women in Egypt during the New Kingdom.

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