- Identification and Creation
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- Other Titles
- Alternate Title: small package of Etruscan fragments (ring)
- Work Type
- late 4th-mid 3rd century BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Etruria
- Hellenistic period, Early
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Copper alloy
- Cast, lost-wax process
- 0.5 x 2.3 cm (3/16 x 7/8 in.)
- Technical Details
Technical Observations: The patina is light green with areas of underlying black exposed. The earring is significantly mineralized with several small losses and pits. Many areas of the surface are well preserved. The boss end and the general shape were probably cast from a model made directly in wax. This was probably then flattened, finished, and bent into the circular shape by cold working.
Henry Lie (submitted 2012)
- Miss Elizabeth Gaskell Norton, Boston, MA and Miss Margaret Norton, Cambridge, MA (by 1920), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1920.
Note: The Misses Norton were daughters of Charles Elliot Norton (1827-1908).
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Misses Norton
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
The earring consists of a simple flat strip, slightly convex on the exterior, that is bent into a circle. One end is slightly pointed, while the other is shaped like a stylized flower or bell. Comparable examples are known from Etruscan areas such as Orvieto and Tarquinia (1).
1. M. Bonamici, Orvieto: La necropoli di Cannicella, Studi e materiali di archeologia orvietana 1 (Rome, 1994) 220; a pair from the necropolis of Crocefisso del Tufo is in the Museo Claudio Faina, Orvieto, inv. no. 1579.
Lisa M. Anderson
- Subjects and Contexts
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