the slender style of these earrings are formed from rolled sheet gold which curves around, thickening towards the back where it splits to form a curved tail below. A thin wire, threaded with two glass beads runs across to attach in the middle of the earring, looping twice around the central curve then wrapping tightly around itself. This elegant style is a sign of the advanced stage of Roman jewelry design and according to Deppert-Lippitz (Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1997), this type seems to be mostly at home in the eastern Mediterranean.
For related example see: "A Golden Legacy: Ancient Jewelry from the Burton Y. Berry Collection" Indiana University Art Museum, 70.B.1-2 pg: 253-4.
Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall with some expected wear to the glass beads.
Provenance: Private New York collection, acquired from David Liebert in the 1980's.