A pair of Parthian gold Earrings, ca. 200 BCE - 200 CE
A pair of Parthian gold Earrings, ca. 200 BCE - 200 CE

A pair of Parthian gold Earrings, ca. 200 BCE - 200 CE


Regular price$1,500 USD
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A matched pair of beautiful hinged gold earrings, hollow form, each in the form of a crescent with a hinged loop above and grape cluster granulation at the base. 

Throughout the Parthian Empire, many objects, including jewelry,  featured iconography associated with Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, whose cult spread eastward after Alexander’s invasion in 330 BC. This Dionysian influence is evident in this example through the grape clusters, a motif that dates back to the third millennium BC. This example is an excellent representation of the synthesis of Greek and Near Eastern elements that are indicative of Parthian culture.

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–. October 2000, last updated November 2016.

Dimensions: Length: 7/8 inch (2.1 cm)

Condition:  Converted for wear with later 18K gold posts, the earrings are intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance:   Private German collection, acquired from the Munich trade in 2007.

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