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Earring

Object Number:
MS310
Current Location:
Culture:
Etruscan
Provenience:
Italy
Etruria
Orvieto
Date Made:
399-200 BC
Early Date:
-399
Late Date:
-200
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Gold
Description:
Earring (horseshoe type). Earring developed from the leech type. The leech is flattened and above it is a horseshoe shaped element bordered by rope wire. This encloses a band of applied bosses, a triple row of wire (center one of which is rope wire), another row of bosses (in repouses) and then a final triple band of plain wire bordering the leech. On either side of the leech is a thin strip divided into two grooves and three ridges. Below and half-way up the sides of the leech are a group of seven bosses, underneath each of the middle four is a cluster of three globules. Intersperced among the bosses are seven small cup-like elements. There may have been something hanging from the bottom globule but it has broken away. The reverse is flat but has holes beneath the five lowest bosses. This flat gold sheet seems to have been made of several pieces of gold hammered together, and had the decorative elements applied to it. A tube for holding an ear pin is also on the reverse. Very battered condition.
Height:
4.7cm
Width:
2.6cm
Depth:
1cm
Credit Line:
Gift of Francis C. Macauley
Other Number:
5751   -   Old Museum Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Classical Gallery: Etruscan (1975 - 2000)
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Etruscan World (15 Mar 2003)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Turfa, Jean M. 2013. The Etruscan World. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 924, fig. 50.10
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[Catalogue] Turfa, Jean M. 2005. Catalogue of the Etruscan Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 176-177, no. 167; p. C4, pl. 17
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[Catalogue] White, Donald, et al. 2002. Guide to the Etruscan and Roman Worlds at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 17, no. 23
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[Book] 1991. Gens antiquissima Italiae: Antichità dall'Umbria a New York. : Page/Fig./Plate: 420
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[Article] Luce, Stephen B. 1920. "Etruscan Shell-Antefixes in the University Museum, Philadelphia". AJA. 24 (4): 352-369. : Page/Fig./Plate: 363
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