Ear stud

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Faience and glass case
Object Type
Jewellery, Earring/stud
New Kingdom
Diameter: 17mm | Depth: 5mm
Number of Elements

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A faience ear stud in the pattern of a white flower on blue background with a red centre. The plug of this piece is missing. It was a gift from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Ear studs became popular from the Eighteenth Dynasty. At times the hole in the ear was so large so that the lobe was a thin strip of skin. For parallels, see Brovarski et al. (1981, p. 231), Freed et al. (1999, p. 261, pl. 198) Lacovara et al. (2001, pp. 114–115).


Brovarski, E., S. K. Doll, and R. E. Freed (eds) 1981. Egypt's golden age: the art of living in the New Kingdom, 1558–1085 B.C. Catalogue of the exhibition. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts. Freed, Rita E., Yvonne Markowitz, and Sue H. D'Auria (eds) 1999. Pharaohs of the sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, in association with Bulfinch Press; Little, Brown. Lacovara, Peter, Betsy Teasley Trope, and Sue H. D'Auria (eds) 2001. The collector's eye: masterpieces of Egyptian Art from The Thalassic Collection, ltd, courtesy: Theodore and Aristea Halkedis. Atlanta: Michel C. Carlos Museum, Emory University.