Orecchino - inv. 615

Etruscan art, 7th century b.C.

diameter 15 mm, 3,1 g
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 615

Jewelry Room

An earring in a ‘sausage’ shape. On the cylindrical part of the earring a semi-circular shape can be seen which indicates the front of the jewel. The edge is decorated with a palm leaf with two spirals projecting from its base. The body of the earring is completely covered with squares united by gold strands, within each one is a half moon. The two closable discs have a large border displaying two palm laves divided by two spirals. From the many jewels found in archaeological sights, this one is particularly fine in detail and is distinguished for its compact design. The earring is very similar to the one found in Chiusi, displayed in the British Museum in London.