Lot 2295: Western Asiatic Achaemenid Gold Earrings
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 5th-4th century BC. A matched pair of gold hoop earrings, each a square-section penannular shank with facetted lozengiform cell and hardstone insert. 5.63 grams total, 17-18mm (3/4"). From an important private London collection; formed in the 1970s and 1980s. The majority of gold in the Achaemenid empire came from Egypt which became a satrapy between 525402 BC and again between 343332 BC. Carved images at Persepolis of soldiers and dignitaries, displayed on some of the surviving walls of the palace, show them wearing an earring. 
Condition Report: Very fine condition.