Earring

1977.108.9b

On display

One of a pair of gold penannular earrings. Made from sheet metal cut into two circles and raised by beating to form one side of the hoop. The two halves were soldered together, the join being masked on the outside by a plaited rope pattern of gold wire. There is a hole in each end closure to allow the escape of soldering gases. The earring was worn by passing the locking pin through a hole in the earlobe (now missing). Found with several pairs of earrings, finger rings, amulets, beads, and a large group of vessels in an undisturbed vaulted-chamber of a mid-Eighteenth Dynasty tomb containing eight burials (chamber 941 in Tomb Group 941-949 A’09).