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

$ 2,200.00

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. Weight for the pair: 13.6 g.

Date: Circa 1st BC - 3rd century AD
Provenance: Ex private London, UK, collection, 1970-1990.
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. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.
Product Code: RES-114
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Reference: For similar, visit: The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, item 25.2.13

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