An extremely fine and elaborate matching pair of Parthian high karat gold earrings, each featuring a hinged strap hoop, a globular body and a reversed tear-drop shaped pendant. The body of each earrings comprises a hollow, large gold bead, embellished by cabochon garnet insets of circular and tear-drop shapes. Further embellishments include stylised daisies, rendered thorough small gold granules. Daisy-like ornaments and fillers were a popular decorative motif since the Hellenistic period. Each garnet medallion has been framed by a delicate twisting gold wire. The central gold bead extends to a reversed tear drop shaped hollow gold pendant, featuring a coiled gold wire at its end, and a band of red insets, possibly glass paste or coral, at its top. Each pendant is further enriched by a cluster of gold granules. These superb earrings witness the absolute mastery of Parthian goldsmiths.
Date: Circa 2nd-4th Century AD