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

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


probably 5th century


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.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium






Roman Empire (Object made in)

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401 CE–500 CE


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


60 × 0.5 cm (23 5/8 × 3/16 in.); Diam.: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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