Measurements: 3.5 cm − length


Description: A matched pair of Roman gold loop earrings, each consisting of a wire hoop that has been twisted closed, suspending a conical piece decorated on either side with gold wire in the shape of amphorae, to which a discoid plaque is attached. Each plaque contains a central glass paste cabochon, surrounded by three pellets linked by gold wire. The edges of the plaques are incised, with twisted gold wire encircling the plaque. A triangular gold piece is attached to the base of each discoid plaque, decorated with six gold granules forming a triangle.


Roman jewellery was characterised by coloured gemstones and glass, contrasting with the Greek tradition that focused on the production of high-quality metalwork. Roman manufacturers dealt primarily in mass-produced pieces created using moulds and casting techniques. Jewellery was particularly important to women because it was considered to be their own property, which could be kept independently of their husband's belongings - they had the right to buy, sell, bequeath or barter their jewellery. Suitable for modern wear, requires modern hooks.


Provenance: Ex. property of a Harley Street professional; acquired before 1990.


Reference: Christie's sale 2770, lot 424.


Period: 2nd - 3rd century AD


Condition: Very fine, intact, with minor encrustations over the whole.


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