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A large pair of Eastern Roman Gold Earrings, ca. 3rd century BC

MJ1402

The hollow crescent bodies of this pair of large Eastern Roman boat-shaped earrings terminate in wire hoops and are decorated on the front with applied drop-shaped box settings inlaid using glass.  Attached below the earrings is a cluster of ornate sprees and smaller drop-shaped compartments bearing pieces of polished carnelian that echo the larger glass setting above. 

for related examples see:  Oliver Jr.  A. & Davidson P. "Ancient Greek and Roman Gold Jewelry in the Brooklyn Museum"  (New York, 1985) nos. 136-137, p. 121. and the Museum of the Louvre, Paris, Campana Collection under the reference: BJ 322, BJ 323.

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall, with fine reddish patination.

Dimensions:  Height:  3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm)

Provenance:   Private Virginia collection, acquired from the London trade in 1968.



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