Pendant with a family portrait - ROM2010_11689_56


Pendant with a family portrait

Medium:Gold openwork set with three garnets and a silver disk seal
Geography: Mediterranean region
Date: c. 350 AD
Period: Constantinian dynasty, Roman Imperial period
Object number: 2010.32.1
Credit Line: Acquisition made possible by the generosity of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust and the Estate of Mona Campbell.
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionDuring the Republic, Romans shunned the opulent display of jewellery. Years later, as the Empire was established, vast amounts of gold and a wide array of luxury items poured into Rome from Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt. Taste now changed, and it became fashionable to wear sumptuous jewellery. At first, the citizens of Imperial Rome preferred jewellery that exhibited very fine workmanship. But by the 2nd century AD, they favoured eye-catching ornaments made from thin sheet gold, and richly embellished with coloured stones and polychrome glass-paste settings.
Roman World
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