|www.metmuseum.org Rogers Fund, 1922|
Various birds were of importance in Iranian mythology. Doves were symbols of love, and also religious messengers; peacocks were royal birds; falcons are a central image of Zoroastrian iconography. According to this page, birds in general also evoked freedom. What freedoms were part of wearing these earrings, I wonder? Freedom to choose a lover? Freedom of spirit? Someone wore these once, and I can't help but wish I knew their particular story.