ROMAN MATCHING PAIR OF GOLD BOAT-SHAPED EARRINGS
Measurements: length – 3.2 cm
Description: A matching pair of Roman boat-shaped gold earrings with a closed-end fastening. From Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. On the front side, a red drop-shaped garnet framed with gold and surrounded with three protruding pearl beads. To the ‘belly’ of the boat three pendants are attached, in shape of little cylinders each adorned with fine gold granules and terminating in a pearl bead. Garnet is a bloody red semi-precious stone similar to ruby. The main centres for jewellery production in the Roman Empire were Alexandria, Antioch, Palmyra and Rome. Most goldsmiths in these centres were of Eastern origin.
Period: 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine.