Ear stud - ROM2018_16320_66


Ear stud

Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
1.91 x 2.7 cm
Object number: 909.80.16
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This mushroom shaped ear-stud was carved from travertine. It would have been inserted through a hole in the earlobe so that the convex head would show on the outside. 

This particular ear stud seems to belong to the category of tube-and-boss earring, like 909.80.10.  In a tube-and-boss ear stud, two bosses are carved.  One has a hollow tube attached, and the other a thin solid tube that fits inside the hollow one. This ear stud might have been the 'back piece' of such an ornament.

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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