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Pair of Earrings

A work made of gold and glass.
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  • A work made of gold and glass.

Date:

1st century

Artist:

Roman; probably Egypt

About this artwork

For both men and women in the Roman world, jewelry functioned as a visible sign of wealth, social standing,
and gender. Artists of the time created some works in accord with earlier Hellenistic and Etruscan preferences
for the extravagant and conspicuous use of gold. Over time, imperial expansion increased Romans’ access to a variety of valuable materials, leading to a distinctly Roman taste for jewelry incorporating color—typically in the form of gemstones or glass, as seen in these earrings.

Status

On View, Gallery 153

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Pair of Earrings

Place

Roman Empire (Object made in)

Date

1 CE–100 CE

Medium

Gold and glass

Dimensions

H. 4.5 cm (1 5/16 in.); diam. of gold balls 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1892.24a-b

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