Pair of Disk Ear Studs

Unknown525–500 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A central rosette is composed of 12 radiating petal-strips with granules along the spine, surrounding a repoussé circle, from the middle of which protrudes a wire with a cluster of granules. Four concentric bands of granulation, 40 spherical beads, alternating lotus and palmettes worked in repoussé, and an outer band of 61 hemispheres with a granule on top; the bands are separated by beaded wire. The backs of the studs are missing a projecting tube, but retain traces of encrustation.

Miniscule embellishments on disk earrings created a dazzling effect and the myriad variations on concentric motifs devised by goldsmiths witness their technical virtuosity. It has been suggested that the style originated in the Greek East among the Lydians, but examples there are rare and differ from the uniquely elaborate Etruscan disks. The style was in vogue from the mid-sixth to the fourth century B.C.


  • Title: Pair of Disk Ear Studs
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 525–500 B.C.
  • Location Created: Etruria
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.5 × 3.2 cm (9/16 × 1 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Earring
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.AM.2.3
  • Culture: Etruscan
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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