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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 110, The Etruscans
Pair of Disk Ear Studs
Etruria (Place Created)
4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)
Seven rosettes form the decoration of this pair of large
The highly skilled Etruscan goldsmiths of the 500s B.C. created luxurious and showy jewelry. Large disk earrings such as this pair were popular in Etruria from the 500s down to the 300s B.C. and are frequently seen on figures depicted in Etruscan art. This set of earrings probably came from
Taimsalu, Parm. "Etruscan Gold Jewellery," Aurum 4 (1980), pp. 37-41, figs. 3a-b.
Wolters, Jochem. Die Granulation. Geschichte und Technik einer alten Goldschmiedekunst (Munich: Callwey, 1983), p. 82, figs 117, 118.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 58.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 60.
Gemological Institute of America and the World Gold Council. Gold and Precious Metals 1993, 2, Ill. p. 6. Cited withouth credit or inv. no.
Hainshek, Beate. "Der Schmuck der Etruskerin." Ph.D. diss. (KarlFranzens Universität Graz, 1994), p. 30, cat. II.2.29.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), p. 144.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 139.