18K gold overlay, with a matte finish. Length 2 1/8 in. Pierced, with gold-filled ear wires. The pendant-disk design of the Museum’s earrings is based on a flat gold ornament found among the Aigina Treasure, one of the most important groups of jewelry to have survived from the Greek Bronze Age. Although the ancient and modern history of the treasure is unclear, the treasure may have come from one or more of the Minoan tombs on Aigina, an island located off the Greek mainland. Minoan culture was characterized by its widely admired artistic traditions, including the crafting of fine jewelry. While active trade linked Minoan Crete to civilizations of the Near East and Egypt, Minoan achievements particularly influenced the Aegean islands and the Greek mainland. The Minoans were not Greek, and their language remains unknown, but Minoan colonists inhabited Aigina about 1850–1550 B.C., the time period from which the Aigina Treasure dates. Produced in cooperation with The British Museum, London.