Lot 640: Egyptian Gold Earring with Bull
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 BC. A gold earring with expanding shank of coiled gold wire, bulb with filigree detail and bull-head finial with loop beneath chin; with velvet-covered museum display board stating 'couche a oreille / ptolomaique / 3-400 a Chr' (earring, Ptolemaic / 300-400 years BC"). Cf. Marshall, F.H. Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, in the Department of Antiquities, British Museum, London, 1911, item 1808. 21 grams total, earring: 29mm, 79mm including stand (Earring: 1 1/4"). Ex Spencer collection, Cornwall, UK; acquired 1986 as a de-accessioned item from a museum in Paris, France. Sold with the museum display board and a letter from the owner explaining the circumstances of purchase.
Condition Report: Fine condition.