The J. Paul Getty Museum

Disk Earring with a Figure of Eros

Object Details

Title:

Disk Earring with a Figure of Eros

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place:

Egypt (Place Created)

Date:

225–175 B.C.

Medium:

Gold and pearls

Object Number:

92.AM.8.5.2

Dimensions:

4.7 × 1.6 × 1.5 cm (1 7/8 × 5/8 × 9/16 in.)

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Object Description

Eros pendant earring fashioned from more than a hundred components. Construction was organized into three segments: bull’s head, rosette, and Eros pendant, connected and stabilized by a hoop formed from gold wire. The bull’s head at the top is constructed from two repoussé halves attached at their lower edge to a collar decorated with beaded and block-twisted wire. Beneath this collar is set a pearl, itself supported from below by a similarly decorated collar. The pendant figure of a fluttering winged Eros was formed by soldering two sheet-gold halves together. With granulated bandoliers and golden cloaks draping behind, the pudgy figure hold ritual offering plates in one hand and upraised torches in the other. Every element has been individually soldered onto the figures. The Eros is suspended from a gold rosette disk consisting of rings of decorative wires (strip twisted and block twisted) with the central flower formed by gold sheet cut into individual petals.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1990

Robin Symes (London, England), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1990.

1990 - 1992

Barbara Fleischman and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Pergamon and the Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (April 11 to July 17, 2016)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), April 11 to July 17, 2016
Bibliography
Bibliography

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway, eds. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016), pp. 225-226, no. 159e, ill., entry by Mary Louise Hart.