DescriptionIn the Museum’s collection is a pair of gold earrings from Achaemenid Persia (6th century–4th century B.C.), edged with granulation and hollow gold spheres. These regal ornaments are the basis for our superb earrings.
18K gold overlay. 1 1/4'' diam. Pierced, with sterling silver posts with 18K gold overlay.
- 18K gold overlay
- 1 1/4'' diam.
- Pierced, with sterling silver posts with 18K gold overlay
Art HistoryThe Achaemenid Persian Empire (550–330 B.C.) was the largest the ancient world had seen, extending from Anatolia and Egypt across western Asia to northern India and Central Asia. In the Achaemenid royal family, both men and women wore rich clothing and jewelry. Pictorial evidence comes from Persepolis and Susa, where the palace walls show the king and his guards and courtiers wearing patterned robes with simple neck bands and bracelets. Clothing was adorned with embroidery or with thin gold plaques sewn onto the material. Along with clothing and weaponry, jewelry sets signified high social status and, sometimes, honor bestowed on an individual by the king.