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Basket Earring

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Description One of the most common types of Langobardic jewelry, the basket earring receives its name because it is backed by a hemispherical, "basket" of gold wire as in this example. The front is open in the middle and was originally set with a pearl. Its small size suggests it may have been a child's.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Henry Walters, New York, by purchase; Mrs. Henry Walters, New York, 1931, by inheritance; Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1941

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7th century (Early Medieval)
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1 3/8 x 7/16 x 15/16 in. (3.5 x 1.2 x 2.4 cm) (h. x w. x diam.)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)


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