Bracelet with Bust of Roma


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

Personifications, like this one of Rome, were creations of the classical world that remained popular in Byzantium.

This work was part of a hoard found at the base of the Capitoline Hill, the center of commercial activity in Rome even after the transfer of the imperial capital to Constantinople. The jewelry was probably hidden during the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410 or the Vandals in 455.

Bracelet with Bust of Roma, Gold, Byzantine

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