As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth, social status and privilege. The Achaemenid Empire was famous in Antiquity for its richness of gold and precious stones. Both in Greek and Persian societies, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the decease as part of his or her funerary outfit.
Archaic Eastern Greek Pennanular Earrings
A finely modelled Archaic Eastern Greek or Achaemenid Empire matching pair of gold pennanular earrings. Each earring features a hinged fastening which would have been originally secured with a pin, now missing. The earrings display a slightly bulging at the centre, which can be found also on Cypriot chevron-shaped earrings, dating around the 6th century BC, antecedents of the boat-shaped variety popular in classical times.
Condition: Extremely fine. The earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook applied. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.