Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty: Dynasty 19
Date: ca. 1295–1186 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt
Medium: Gold, lapis lazuli
Dimensions: Diam. 2.5 cm (1 in)
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number: 10.130.1540
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.
— The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A GREEK GOLD AND GARNET EARRING WITH SIREN – HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
Auction House: Christie’s
Sale Title: Antiquities
Location: London, King Street
Sale Date: Apr 02, 2014
Lot Number: 0193
Estimate: 1,000 – 2,000 British pounds
Price Realized: Unsold
Saleroom Notice: This Lot is Withdrawn.
A GREEK GOLD AND GARNET EARRING WITH SIREN
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
The hoop, of spiralling wire tapering to plain wire, set with three globular garnets interspaced with gold beaded wire and granulated collars with zigzag edges, with bare-breasted winged Siren with outstretched talons
1 ¼ in. (3.3 cm.) wide
Provenance: Private collection, UK, acquired 1950s; and thence by descent.
London art market.
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Earring with Nike driving a two-horse chariot
Greek, Northern Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 350–325 B.C.
Height: 5cm (1 15/16in.) Weight: 15.8 gm (0.03 lb.)
Gold and enamel
Earring in form of Nike driving a two-horse chariot (biga). The figures are modeled in the round and form a pendant suspended from a disc in the shape of a honeysuckle palmette. Wearing a belted chiton (tunic), a full-length skirt, and several items of jewelry, Nike leans forward, her left hand pulling on the reins of the horses, whose front legs rear sharply. The features on the goddess’s face are crisp and her expression resolute, while the animals appear startled and tense. Raised as if in flight, Nike’s elaborate, feathery, and finely chased wings provide an elegant counterbalance to the dynamic composition.
The ornament is composed of more than a hundred individual elements soldered together. The bodies of the figures are crafted from gold sheet that is embellished with wirework details and small gold balls. The honeysuckle palmette is fashioned into curved petals and circular stamens outlined with fine twisted wires; remnants of enamel survive on several of the stamens. In the center of the leaf is a tear-shaped fruit encrusted with dense gold granulation. A hoop on the underside was probably attached to an ear wire, which is now missing.
6th–7th century, Byzantine. Gold, sapphire, pearl. These elegant earrings are decorated with pearls, a favorite jewel of the Byzantines. Sapphires, then called hyakinthoi (hyacinths), became popular in Byzantine jewelry in the sixth century.