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ab56Glass ear stud in a pattern of a white flower on blue background with a red centre. Gift from University of Wales Aberystwyth.  

The plug of this piece is missing. Ear studs became popular from the 18th Dynasty. At times the hole in the ear was so large so that the lobe was a thin strip of skin. Complete earplugs can be seen in the jewellery case. 

For parallels see Brovarski et al. 1982, 231; Freed et al. 1999, 261, pl. 198 and Lacovara et al. 2001, 114–115. 


Brovarski, E. Doll, S.K. and Freed, R. E. 1982. Egypt‘s Golden Age. The Art of Living in the New Kingdom. 1558-1085 BC. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  

Freed, R. E., Markowitz, Y. J. and D’ Auria, S.H.,1999. Pharaohs of the Sun. Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Tutankhamun. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Lacovara, P. Trope, B. T. and D’Auria, B. 2001. The Collector’s Eye. Masterpieces of Egyptian Art from the Thalassic Collection, Ltd. Atlanta: Micahel C. Carlos Museum.

Other earrings in the Egypt Centre