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Necklace with Amulets

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.


1st-4th century


Ancient Mediterranean

About this artwork

Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome to create tableware and containers for oils and perfume. Glass was also used in jewelry as an economical substitute for more expensive precious or semi-precious stones. This necklace also includes magic amulets, believed both to ward off evil and to guarantee good luck.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Mediterranean


Necklace with Amulets


Mediterranean Region (Object made in)

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1 CE–400 CE




50.2 × 3.2 cm (19 3/4 × 1 1/4 in.); Diam.: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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