Pair of gold ‘a baule’ earrings

Etruscan period, 6th century B.C.
H. 1.5 cm (0 19⁄32 in) W. 0.3 cm (0 1⁄8 in)

Coins and Antiquities Ltd., undated catalog (btw. 1975-1978)
Private collection, Switzerland, from the above

Coins and Antiquities Ltd., undated catalogg (btw. 1975-1978), no. 60, AN 818

Adolf Greifenhagen
Schmuckarbeiten in Edelmetall vol  1,  1970/1975, 60, pl. 37, 8-10;14

Adolf Greifenhagen
Schmuck der alten Welt, 1975, 64-65

Barbara Deppert-Lippitz
Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Art, 1997

Catherine Richochon
Les pendants d’oreille étrusque a barillet: un témoingnage éclatant de l’apogée d’une civilisation au carrefour de la vie et de la mort, in: Mediterranean Archaeology vol. 24 (2011), pp. 9-45

Catherine Richochon
Les pendants d’oreille étrusque a barillet du musée Thorvaldsen à Copenhague, in: Mediterranean Archaeology vol. 31 (2018), 137-153

Each formed from a rectangular sheet rolled into a partial cylinder, the ends terminating in the form of a pair of repoussé winged sphinges with their heads turned back, a four-leaf palmette between them of granulation fringed with filigree, the front of each cylinder embellished with a rosette complex, the central rosette composed of a coil of wire with a small dome topped with a granule in the center, and fringed with plain and twisted wires framing a band of granulation, the corner rosettes of similar construction with a fringe of plain and twisted wire, the side rosettes each a pinched sheet with a domed topped with a granule at the center, the back of each cylinder with three filigree

A Baule earrings take their name from their resemblance to a small bag or valise, il baule in Italian. This pair displays the technical virtuosity of Etruscan jewelers. For a fine selection of a baule earrings see nos. 6-13 in Deppert-Lippitz, Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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