William W. Hallo, “Cult Statue and Divine Image: A Preliminary Study,” in Hallo, James C. Moyer and Leo G. Perdue, eds., Scripture in Context 2: More Essays on the Comparative Method (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1983), pp. 1–17. Hallo tells us that earrings were “among the typical accoutrements of cult statues by Neo-Sumerian times at the end of the [third] millennium [B.C.E.]” (p. 16).