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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

For both men and women in the Roman world, jewelry functioned as a visible sign of wealth, social standing,
and gender. Artists of the time created some works in accord with earlier Hellenistic and Etruscan preferences
for the extravagant and conspicuous use of gold. Over time, imperial expansion increased Romans’ access to a variety of valuable materials, leading to a distinctly Roman taste for jewelry incorporating color—typically in the form of gemstones or glass, as seen in these earrings.


On View, Gallery 152


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Pair of Earrings


Roman Empire (Artist's nationality:)

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1 CE–100 CE


Gold and glass


Gold balls: Diam.: 2 cm (13/16 in.); H.: 4.5 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

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