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* A pair of Roman Gold Grape Earrings, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st-2nd Century AD

This pretty pair of gold hoop earrings feature a granulated gold ball decoration at the base in the shape of grape clusters.

Artisans throughout the Mediterranean used the iconography of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, on many things, including jewelry. This Dionysian influence is evident in the grape cluster motif here, which dates back to the third millennium BC, and shows how important the god of wine was to Mediterranean culture.

Dimensions: Height: 7/8 inch (2.22 cm), width: 5/8 inch (1.59 cm)

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Ex. Cyrus Collection, acquired from Edward Safani, NYC., acquired in Lebanon, 1960s.

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