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Pair of Earrings

A work made of gold and glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gold and glass.


1st century


Roman; probably Egypt

About this artwork

Initially affordable among only the wealthy, glass was used widely in the Roman world to create a variety of everyday objects such as those displayed here, including delicate cosmetic containers that held perfumes and oils and various forms of tableware designed for serving food and drink. Glass was also used to imitate precious stones in jewelry, as seen in this pair of gold earrings: the circular insets of deep-blue glass resemble the expensive lapis lazuli.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Pair of Earrings


Roman Empire


1 CE–100 CE


Gold and glass


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

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Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

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