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Pair of Disc Earrings with Eros Pendants

Eros figures are portrayed as musicians in this splendid pair of earrings. They each reach out to clang their cymbals, although one set is missing. They are made of solid gold, cast with the lost wax technique; sheet gold was cut to form the wings and cloaks. The discs from which the pendants hang are also made from sheet gold and decorated with filigree designs; blue and green glass inlays once brightened the flower petals. Earrings of this type were very popular in the Hellenistic period and highlight both the goldsmith's skill and the prevalence of lighthearted subject matter.

Pair of Disc Earrings with Eros Pendants
Hellenistic period, ca.300-250 BC
Gold, glass
H. each 1 7/8 in. (5.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 70.105.14 C–D