A pair of Parthian Gold and Garnet Earrings, 247 BCE – 224 CE
A pair of Parthian Gold and Garnet Earrings, 247 BCE – 224 CE

A pair of Parthian Gold and Garnet Earrings, 247 BCE – 224 CE

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A lovely pair of earrings in high karat gold, with rounded garnets deep reddish-purple set on earrings of rounded form and embellished with bands of gold and granulation below.

Background: Jewelry was considered a luxury art in Parthia, most of it made from precious metals such as gold and silver. Semi-precious stones were often inlaid into the jewelry, as seen here. Other times, motifs originating in Greece often found their way into Parthian art, such as the grape clusters from the cult of Dionysos, or jewelry in the shape of a krater, as seen here.

Ref: Fowlkes-Childs, Blair, expanded original text by Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art. “The Parthian Empire (247 B.C.–224 A.D.).” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall, mounted for wearing on 18K gold posts.

Dimensions: Length: 3/4 inch (1.9 cm)

Provenance: The Hauge Collection of Ancient & Iranian Art, assembled between 1962 and 1966. Foreign service brothers, Victor and Osborne Hauge, together with their wives Takako and Gratia, assembled their collection of Persian, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian works of fine and folk art while stationed overseas with the US government after WWII. In consultation with academics and dealers, the Hauges assembled over two decades of what former Freer Gallery of Art director Harold Stern described in 1957 as "without doubt one of the finest private collections in the world". Victor and Takako published Folk Traditions in Japanese Art to coincide with a traveling exhibition held from 1978 at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Japan House Gallery, New York; and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Much of their collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute culminating in an exhibition and published catalogue in 2000. The balance of the collection, including this object, was inherited by descent in 2016.

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