Ear stud - ROM2018_16320_68


Ear stud

Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1350-1085 BC
Period: Late 18th to 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom
2.5 × 2 cm
Object number: 909.80.523
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This white and black glass, mushroom shaped ear-stud 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 men as well during the New Kingdom

The decorative effect was created in glass by simply using two twisted theads of different coloured glass.  Such glass ear studs were immensely popular in the 18th Dynasty, but their use declined with the decline in glass production at the end of the Nineteenth Dynasty.


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