Beads - ROM2016_15062_2



Medium:Glass, gold, beryl, rock crystal, amazonite
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 30 BC-642 AD
Period: Roman Period
39 cm
Object number: 922.8.92
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
Not on view

This necklace of green and gold beads was a gift to the Museum from its Members.  Unfortunately, it has no provenance.  It resembles many of the necklaces seen in Roman mummy portraits from the Fayoum, such as Cairo CG 33216 and British Museum EA 65343, 74706, 74710, and 747112, which would date it to the second century A.D. This particular necklace may be a modern restringing of an actual ancient necklace, or, more likely, is a modern pastiche in imitation of necklaces seen on the Fayoum portraits.  It’s made of beryl, amazonite, gold-covered rock crystal or glass, and gold. Beryl was not used in Egyptian jewellery until Hellenistic times, and seems to have been a favourite during the Roman period


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