Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. public. Learn more.

Necklace

A work made of gold, glass, and silvered glass beads (modern setting).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of gold, glass, and silvered glass beads (modern setting).

Date:

probably 5th century

Artist:

Byzantine; Eastern Mediterranean

About this artwork

This necklace would have lent an appearance of far greater wealth to its owner than the actual value of its component parts. Made of gold and glass, the necklace includes silvered glass beads circled by flat gold disks that were meant to look like large pearls. The rounded end of the clasp does contain one small pearl, surrounded by gold wirework that imitates the gold openwork typical of early Byzantine jewelry between the third and the seventh century.

Status

On View, Gallery 153

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Byzantine

Title

Necklace

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

401 CE–500 CE

Medium

Gold, glass, and silvered glass beads (modern setting)

Dimensions

L. 60 cm (23 5/8 in.); diam. 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.459.1

IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

https://api.artic.edu/api/v1/artworks/65681/manifest.json

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share