Butterfly pendant - ROM2010_11495_48

ROM2010_11495_48

Butterfly pendant

Medium:Gold with garnets
Geography: Probably Eastern Mediterranean
Date: end of 1st century BC-1st century AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
2.5 x 2.5 cm
Object number: 982.119.3
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.
Collection:
Roman World
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