A Grappolo Earrings (Etruscan jewelry)

A grappolo, a form of Etruscan earrings popular from the late 5th to the 3rd centuries BCE, was often represented in Etruscan wall paintings and on terra-cotta figures, and features a typological and stylistic concept completely different from the earlier forms. The new type is usually called a grappolo because the triangle of circular bosses at the base of the front recalls a bunch of grapes. This type of hoop earring is decorated with a horseshoe-shaped plate.

Because the plate is so greatly enlarged and extends down at its lower end, the hoop itself is reduced to a supporting arch. The use of large, convex surfaces contrasting with smaller applied elements on the plate are characteristic of these earrings, and a noteworthy stylistic innovation.

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.