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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, glass
  • Object Height/Width: each 4.5 x 2 cm
    Object Height/Width: each 1 3/4 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5217.a,b

The pair of gold colored earrings is made for pierced ears. It has a stylized gold flower with a cut green glass stone in the center and small white pearl-like beads around the center. There are four oblong pearl-like bead dangles at the bottom of each. They have wire hooks with the closure.

They were worn by Valley Zapotec women.