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Carter No.: 269a(1)

Handlist description: Pair of ear-rings

Card/Transcription No.: 269a1-1


269, A. (1) A PAIR OF EAR-RINGS

L. 10.9, Max. W. 5.2, cms.

A pair of ornate ear-rings of pendent form, suspended by means of stud-like fastenings passed through the lobe of the ear.

The cylindrical necks of the stud-fastenings, which passed through the pierced lobe of the ear, are 0.65 cms, in diameter. They comprise two cylindrical tubes, inserted one within the other (the outer cylinder annulated), and are ornamented back and front: at the back, a hemi-spherical boss (0.85 cms, diam.) of translucent quartz backed with pigment; on front, a hemi-spherical boss (9.95 cms, diam) of translucent quartz backed with pigment, forming a solar disc, with two pendent uraei.

Attached to these fastenings, by means of two ring eye-lets, are spread-falcons with extended wings curved inwards, so that the flight-feathers meet at top and form a complete circle. The falcons (falco peregrinus) have duck's heads, cut out of semi-transparent blue glass, resembling the Mallard (Anas boscas); in their extended feet they hold the <> (NW) symbols.

Card no. 269a1-1 relating to Carter no. 269a(1)
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