Islamic Gold Earring
A gold Islamic basket earring formed of joined hemispheres ornamented with twisted wire filigree, and hollow balls along the joins.
Ca. 11th century AD.
During the Byzantine and early Islamic periods, jewelry both beautified the body and conveyed its owner's wealth. It also commemorated special occasions, such as betrothals or weddings, as in Byzantine women's belts depicting marriage scenes, and in surviving rings enscribed with words like "harmony."
Formerly in an American private collection.