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Carter No.: 269a(2)

Handlist description: Pair of ear-rings

Card/Transcription No.: 269a2-1


Max. L. 10.0, Diam. 5.5, cms.

A pair of resin and gold ear-rings, of pendent form, suspended by means of stud fastenings passed through the lobe of the ear.

The stud fastenings comprise two tubular cylinders (Max. diam. 0.65, cms) inserted one within the other (the outer cylinder annulated), their outer ends ornamented with scarlet gold floral cups (of butter-cup form).

Attached to the fastenings; by means of loops of scarlet gold overlaid with yellow gold granular work, is a circle (diam. 5.5, cms) of black resin and gold beads - the beads of scarlet gold overlaid with yellow granular work.

Depending from the lower part of the circle, is a free swinging ornament of scarlet gold with yellow gold wire spiral pattern, from which hang seven gold and blue faience bead tassels.

The combination of the scarlet gold with applied yellow gold granular work, in contrast with the black resin, gives a not unpleasing barbaric effect.

Card no. 269a2-1 relating to Carter no. 269a(2)
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