Sterling Silver Rhyton Earrings with Garnet Beads

  • Exquisite sterling silver and garnet earrings designed exclusively for the J. Paul Getty Museum. A repoussé floral tendril and rows of feathers decorate the elongated body of the Roman amphora-rhyton in the Antiquities collection at the Getty Villa that inspired our sterling silver jewelry adaptations. The body of the vessel, hammered out of a single sheet of silver, demonstrates the skill of Roman silversmiths. An amphora-rhyton is rare, and few have survived from antiquity. The term rhyton comes from the Greek verb meaning to run through. Rhyta were used to aerate wine as it was poured into a drinking vessel. The garnet beads on these unique earrings were designed to mirror wine being poured from the rhyton.

    - Sterling Silver
    - Garnet
    - French wire backing
    - Length of each earring: 1 1/2"
    - Item #: GETE4G