Ancient Roman High Karat Gold Pendant

£ 450.00

A rare and unusual Ancient Roman hollow high karat gold pendant. The item portrays a nude chubby boy with one leg flexed and the other bent, and it features very fine detailing to the facial features and the locks of hair of the figure. The item was produced through the modelling of a thin sheet of gold with the repoussé technique, where the two sides of the figure have been modelled separately and joined in a second moment. The joining seam visible all along the sides. Hoop for suspension at the top. Weight: 1.02 g.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentleman, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Fine condition, some earthly encrustations on the surface, the item features two perforations to the back. Suitable for modern wear with care.


Product Code: RES-156
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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. As a result of the expansion of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in its designs and materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. Roman jewellery often reflected the culture the Romans came into contact with, and can be viewed as a testament to the prosperity and power of the Roman Empire.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions W 1.4 x H 2.2 cm

Southern Europe