Lot 25
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A pair of Etruscan Gold Earrings, circa late 4th/early 3rd Century B.C.

50,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • A pair of Etruscan Gold Earrings
  • Gold
  • Lengths 4 5/8 in. 11.7 cm.
of a grappolo type, each with upper horseshoe-shaped plaque repousse in relief with a centaur fighting a helmeted and curaissed warrior within two borders of applied bosses,  the central crescentic  element  flanked by the heads of two wreathed goddesses above a central mask of a deity with backward-streaming hair, five lentoid beads, a rosette, and clusters of globules below, the central element with hinged fastener behind.


acquired by Jan Mitchell in 1966 or earlier


on loan to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (acc. nos. L.1988.81.8-9, formerly L.66.36.2-3), from 1966 to 2011

Catalogue Note

For related examples compare F.H. Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum, Oxford, 1911, pl. XLIV, T. Hackens, Catalogue of the Classical Collection, Classical Jewelry, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1976, no. 4, Die Welt der Etrusker, Berlin, 1988, p. 358, E 3., and H. Hoffman, Ten Centuries that Shaped the West, Houston, Tex., and Mainz, 1970, no. 215.

The large size of the present earrings, as well as the figured decoration, are unusual.