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aretes (pair of earrings)
  • Coastal Zapotec peoples
    , Zapotec, Zapotec

  • aretes (pair of earrings), 1989
  • Where object was made: Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • metal, beads
  • Object Height/Width: each 6 x 2 cm
    Object Height/Width: each 2 3/8 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, Metal Drawer 2
  • 2007.5216.a,b

The pair of gold colored metal earrings has a circle of twisted gold wire with two orange beads in the center of a teardrop shape and two curlicues. It has four leaf shaped dangles on the bottom edge of the circle. There are hooks with closure for pierced ears.

It was worn by Valley Zapotec women.