Pair of ear pendants

Roman Empire
end of 2nd century
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General Description

As far as Roman jewelry is concerned, the 2nd century CE is not well-represented, except for a few finds from the provincial areas of the Roman world. These ear pendants are a rare example and perfectly embody the abstract forms of Roman jewelry. Beads of this shape were very popular from the 2nd century CE onward because this particular way of polygonal cutting enhances the stone. The blue glass was probably meant to imitate sapphires. These ear pendants belong with a matching necklace (1991.75.94.1).

Adapted from

Barbara Deppert-Lippitz, Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 1996), 108-9; 145.