Pair of earrings with female heads

5th century BCE
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General Description

This pair of earrings represents a smaller, variant version of another pair in the Dallas Museum of Art's collection (1991.75.29.a-b). One of the curved hollow tubes terminates with a globule, now missing on the other piece. Each piece is decorated with a small repoussé female head with severe features. The heavy coiffure is parted in the center, with single strands of hair indicated by parallel striation. Crowning the head is a diadem decorated with embossed tongue-shaped ornaments. Plain and beaded wire circlets are attached at the base of the neck, and at the join of tube and globule on the other end. On piece "b" the knob on the end opposite to the head is missing.

Adapted from

Barbara Deppert-Lippitz, Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 1996), 36; 126.

Fun Facts

  • Jewelry was far more than merely ornament to the Etruscans; it was often close to being a magic charm or amulet and implied the protection of the gods.