18K gold overlay, with a matte finish. Length 1/2 in. Pierced, with gold-filled posts. Our earrings are based on the beads of an elaborate necklace created in Mesopotamia between the 17th and 16th centuries B.C. The original necklace, now in the Museum’s collection, is composed of a double row of gold beads from which seven pendants featuring deities are suspended. Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was the heart of the ancient Near East. As early as the 7th millennium B.C., these two rivers were major routes of travel and communication as well as sources of irrigation. It was in this region during the 4th millennium B.C. that urban civilization first evolved. For the next five thousand years, southern Mesopotamia sustained successive thriving cultures. The capital cities of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Seleucids, and Parthians all lay in this fertile agricultural region.
|Dimensions: W: 10.25" H: 9.5" D:2.5" (26cm x 24cm x 6cm)|
|Dimensions: W: 9.5" H: 7.5" D: 1" (24cm x 19cm x 3cm)|
|Dimensions: W: 8.5" H: 32.75" D: 15" (22cm x 83cm x 38cm)|
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