Susa Hoop Earrings

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Susa Hoop Earrings
Susa Hoop Earrings
Gold plated

To shape this elegantly simple earring, the goldsmith rolled a fine leaf of gold on a core made of pitch, a malleable material found in its natural state.

This classic technique of the Ancient Orient made it possible to economise on precious metal.

One of the two earrings was discovered in Susa, in archaeological strata dating back to the period of the Parthian Empire.

Although the ancient city of Susa had permanently lost its status as a capital after the conquest by Alexander and the fall of the Persian Empire, it enjoyed an exceptional period of prosperity starting from the reign of the Parthian King, Mithridates the First.

2,7 cm x 2,1 cm
Silver 925 or Gold-plated 3 microns - Pierced ears
Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais

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