Necklace - ROM2018_16320_21



Medium:Beryl and gold
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 30 BC-395 AD
Period: Roman Empire
30.8 cm
Object number: 910.48.237
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThe Ancient Egyptians seldom used beryl, which in its clearest green crystalline form is emerald, but it was very popular during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.  Beryl and gold necklaces similar to this one can be seen on some of the Fayuum portraits.  The stones were not cut to show facets, but were left in natural form or were slightly polished, with a hole drilled so that they could be suspended as necklace or earrings.  Some were shaped into approximately round cabochons. In this necklace, they were cut into smooth-sided cylinders, which catch the light when it is worn.  The golden elements are hollow balls of thin gold foil.
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