PUBLISHED H. Buchtal, " The Haughton Collection of Gandharan Sculpture", The Burlington Magazine, Vol LXXXVI, 1945, p.66, pl.1A. J. C. Harle in S. Stronge (ed), A Golden Treasury. Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent, 1988, nos. 3-6 Royal Academy Exhibition of Inidan Art 1947/8 Cat.No.162 Barnard, Nick. ‘Indian Jewellery : The V&A Collection’. London : V&A Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9781851774838, p.116, pl.6.12.
Gold Earring, Taxila (?), Panjab, 1st-2nd century A.D
Height: 3.5 cm, Width: 0.62 in
South Asia, room 41
These ear-rings are made from sheet gold, cut into shape and embellished with gold granules and wire decoration. Two have vase shaped pendants set with either a turquoise or a pearl bead, and a third has a pendant composed of a gold spherical bead and a tirquoise bead set in a granulated gold mount. The mounts are entirely foriegn to the subcontinent and derive from Greek or Hellenistic sources; this is perhaps most obvious in the use of the dolphin motif. The exact find-place of these ear-rings is not known and the dating remains tentative.
From the collection of Major-General H.L. Haughton. A similar roseete element from an earring was sold at Bonhams, New York, March 17 2014, lot 82.