Collar with medallions containing coins of emperors

Roman Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138

This collar displays medallions containing coins of Emperors Lucius Verus (r. AD 161-169) and Alexander Severus (r. AD 222-235) and of Julia Domna, Wife of Emperor Septimius Severus (r. AD 193-211) and mother of Geta (r. AD 211-212) and Caracalla (r. AD 211-217). The use of imperial portrait coins - almost exclusively the aureus - as jewelry became widespread with the third century A.D. In this example, the globular pulls for adjusting the necklace are decorated with schematic theater masks.

Collar with medallions containing coins of emperors, Gold

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