Boat-shaped earring - ROM2018_16203_5


Boat-shaped earring

Geography: East Greek, Ionian
Date: about 600-500 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Diameter: 2.1 cm
Object number: 918.3.95
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

The hollow boat-shaped body is made from sheet gold and embellished with two rows of small bosses in repousse, separated and framed by beaded wire. The terminal at one end is framed by a ringed collar; the other undecorated. The semicircular hoop is of plain tapered wire.  

The boat earring originated in the East (likely Sumer in Mesopotamia) and was introduced into the repertoire of Greek jewellery via the Greek cities in Asia Minor. At first simple, they became more and more elaborate by the Archaic and Classical periods. They became espically popular and very sumptuous during the 4th century BC; eventually falling out of vogue by the late Hellenistic period. 

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