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Fragment of a Necklace

A work made of gold.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gold.


3rd century


Roman; probably Egypt

About this artwork

The stylized bird forms seen here in repeating pairs were a popular motif in 3rd century Rome, and many similair works have been excavated at a wide array of European sites; though their significance beyond the decorative is yet unknown.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Fragment of a Necklace


Roman Empire (Object made in)

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201 CE–300 CE




11.5 × 1.6 cm (4 1/2 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

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