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Earrings-Iunula
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Masterpiece

Earrings-lunula made in polychromatic style of gold and semiprecious stones. Earrings consist of two parts: the lower part in the form of lunula and arches. Lunulas decorated on both sides. The convex sides have soldered socket with insertion of semiprecious stones, around which there are rims of the grains. By the bottom of the center there are three soldered semicircles with grains, forming the shape of a pyramid. These items are a clear sample of polychrome style. This style replaced the animal style and is typical for the time of existence of the state of the Huns. This style is characterized by a combination of colored inserts of stone and pasta with geometric designs. Stones were in a special form called “caboshon”, as a result they had a smooth convex outer surface, and the opposite - flat. Another technique that was used extensively by the ancient jewelers to give subjects the feeling of a great difficulty was the grain.

History of the Object
These earrings were found in barrow No.39 of Lebedevka VI burial ground at Karatobe district near the Egindikol village in the West Kazakhstan. A series of excavations of the burial ground was carried out by the archaeological expedition of the Ural Pedagogical Institute under the leadership of V.A. Krieger, G.I. Bagrikov, G.A. Kushayev, B.F. Zheleznichikov, M.G. Moshkova in 1978-1979.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gold, semiprecious stones 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Hun people 
Creator date
2-3 Century B.C. 
Where it was made
West Kazakhstan 
Geography
Kazakhstan 
Time period
BCE 2nd century ~ BCE 3rd century 
Creation date
2-3 Century B.C. 
Function
Jewellery for decoration 
Acquisition
It was acquired from West-Kazakhstan regional local-history museum in 2014. 
Copyright
West-Kazakhstan regional local-history museum  
Acknowledgements
Republic of Kazakhstan 
Owner
 
Museum
National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
Credit line
 
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