Historical period(s)
Byzantine period, 6th century
Medium
Gold, pearls, emeralds
Dimensions
H x W: 10.6 x 4.4 cm (4 3/16 x 1 3/4 in)
Geography
Turkey, Constantinople (Istanbul)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.64
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Earring

Keywords
Byzantine period (330 - 1453), piercing, Turkey
Provenance

To 1909
Maurice Nahman (1868-1948), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Maurice Nahman in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 179, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

The open-work triangular ornament is backed with gold foil; the three pendants terminate with cylindrical emeralds and pear-shaped pearls. The open oval rings at the top of the ornament might have been intended to be attached to a headdress rather than inserted in the pierced lobe of the ear.

Published References
  • unknown title. Washington, June 12, 1955. sec. D7.
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 19, fig. 1.3.
  • Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. pp. 56-57.
  • Thomas Lawton, Linda Merrill. Freer: a legacy of art. Washington and New York, 1993. p. 85, fig. 58.
  • Thomas Lawton. The Gold Treasure. vol. 118, no. 258 London, August 1983. pp. 180-82, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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