Earring

1977.108.6a

On display

One of a pair of gold penannular ribbed earrings, consisting of six hollow triangular rods bent into a penannular shape and soldered together. There are two longer rods at the centre forming a narrow cleft, just allowing the central rods to be inserted through the pierced earlobe. The earliest examples of this type of penannular earring date to Dynasty 17. In the reign of Thutmosis III they became popular and continued in vogue throughout Dynasty 18. 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).