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Gold and pearl earring (one of a pair)

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Gold, pearl
Dimensions:
Other: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3854
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
These items, all found on Cyprus, are very representative of Roman decorative jewelry, in which various designs are combined and highlighted with colored gems in order to make them look as rich and impressive as possible. Similar jewelry is found throughout the Roman Empire.
From Cyprus

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 484, pp. 290-1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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