About this object

A hoop earing formed from a thin sheet of gold formed over a core of material (often a sandy paste), which was left inside. The arring was worn by passing through the bent wire attached at the top through a hole in the earlobe. This simple design has been called a “leech” or “boat” type earrings and was widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean world. The earliest securely dated example is from an 18th Dynasty tomb at Abydos. Found by Garstang at Esna in 1906 but the tomb number was not recorded.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Esna
  • Date made
    1550 BC about
  • Materials
    Gold
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egyptian Excavations Committee of the Institute of Archaeology, Liverpool
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Esna
  • Date collected
    1906
  • Measurements
    3 mm x 20 mm x 18 mm
  • Related people
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology (Collector, previous owner)

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