Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Earring with African head
Provenance unknown
3rd–2nd century BCE
Gold and carnelian
H: 4; W: 1.1 cm
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.43.2368
The head is schematically rendered in deep red-black carnelian with lips and chin strongly emphasized. It wears a cap of gold sheet intended to simulate the tight curls of the African coiffure.

Jewellery from Canaan, 1600–1200 BCE, 1980

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir