Elaborate Ancient Roman Electrum Earrings with Glass, Pearls and carnelian Beads

GBP 2,200.00

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Object Description

An elaborate pair of Roman earrings modelled from electrum and finely embellished with glass paste, pearls and carnelian beads. Both earrings are composed of a wide penannular loop for attachment to the ear, and features a central double arch pendant made from fine filigree work. Each double arch pendant is attached to the hoop by two loop chains and a central attachment comprised of a glass cylindrical bead and a natural pearl. Further attachments hang from the central arch, again comprised of a glass cylindrical bead and two pearls, interspersed with gold granules, arranged in two rows. The central attachment features a large carnelian teardrop stone. These types of earrings were popular in Roman Egypt. 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.

Weight for the pair: 13.6 g.

Date: Circa 1st BC – 3rd century AD

Object History

Provenance: Ex private London, UK, collection, 1970-1990.

Object Condition

Very fine, one glass bead and pearl bead missing from one of the earrings. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook or stud applied.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    x D:8 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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