Atef Crown Huggie Charm Earrings from The Met Museum


These head-turning huggie earrings reinterpret a pair of remarkable gold, stone, and glass earrings (3rd-2nd century B.C.) from Hellenistic Greece in the Museum’s holdings. Egyptian influences became fashionable in Greek jewelry during Egypt’s Ptolemaic reign (323-31 B.C.), as exemplified in some of the detailing on these spectacular adornments in The Met collection. Among their many components is an Egyptianized atef crown-a tall headdress typically worn by the god Osiris-made of a sun disk in a translucent stone surmounted by twin feathers of opaque black-and-white glass; and a heart-shaped pendant with a red stone, bordered by a black-and-white sawtooth design.

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