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Gold necklace with crescent-shaped pendant

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Other: 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.90
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Some styles of Roman jewelry were both very long-lived and used throughout the Empire. The wheel-shaped finials and the crescent pendant, symbolic of the sun and moon, that decorate this necklace are found in jewelry from a hoard found in Britain dated to the mid-second century and in depictions on Roman mummy portraits from Egypt.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Classical Bronzes: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(3): p. 127.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1966. "Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Jewelry." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 24(9): pp. 282-3, fig. 30.

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