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Pair of Earrings

A work made of gold and glass.
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  • A work made of gold and glass.

Date:

1st century

Artist:

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

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Pair of Earrings

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

1 CE–100 CE

Medium

Gold and glass

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1892.24a-b

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