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Earring

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Object Number:
66-6-11A
Current Location:
Out on loan
Provenience:
Northeast Aegean
Period:
Early Bronze Age
Date Made:
2400 BC
Early Date:
-2400
Late Date:
-2400
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Electrum
Gold
Description:
Pair of "basket" earrings, not quite matching. Each basket of wires looped in back and soldered together; wires centrally divided on each by vertical strip with incised cross-hatching. Basket of "a" has double row of granulation along upper edge; grains of "b' stuck on top of applique pierced discs to give appearance of two rows of rosettes. Below each basket two suspension plates somewhat longer than their baskets. Each frontal plate has five rings from which hang short loop-in-loop chains (3 links in each) ending in single leaves. Longer chains, with leaves attached along their lengths, hang from the five holes in the rear plate of each; these chains are connected at two points by thin strips of metal pierced with holes. Each of the chains ends in a sheet metal "idol," decorated with repousse and chased dots; three of these idols are missing from "b," as is one of the leaves from the shorter chains. Similar to Early Bronze Age jewelry of Troy, Lemnos (Poliochni), and Ur.
Length:
12.7cm
Width:
1.7cm
Depth:
0.8cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from Hesperia Art

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Great Sites: Troy ( Jan 2009 - Jan 2009)
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Magnificent Objects (06 May 2004 - Mar 2005)
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Trojan Gold ( Jul 1966 - 1969)
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Classical Gallery: Aegean Bronze Age (1969 - 1975)
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Classical Gallery: Aegean/Cretan (1975 - 2000)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 132, fig. 120
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[Catalogue] Aruz, Joan. 2003. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millenium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 269
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[Article] Bass, George F. 1970. "A Hoard of Trojan and Sumerian Jewelry". AJA. 74 : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 336, pl. 85, figs. 5-6
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[Article] Bass, George F. 1966. "Troy and Ur: Gold Links Between Two Ancient Capitals". Expedition. 8 (4) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 32
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