Stunning Ancient Roman Gold Pendant

Stunning Ancient Roman Gold Pendant
Circa 3rd BC-3rd Century AD

A beautifully simple Roman gold pendant, composed of three sections, all attached via small gold hoops. The top section is a globular gold bead with ridges across its body. The bead has also been pierced through for suspension. The midsection is a simple gold hoop. The bottom piece is a free moving gold pomegranate-style bead, with small gold granules to depict the distinguished fruit. A truly remarkable piece which attests to the skill of the Ancient Roman gold craftsmanship.

As in many societies in antiquity, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth in the Roman Empire. With the expansion of the empire, Roman jewellery became more elaborate in its design, as goldsmiths were influenced by the range of styles, materials and techniques used by craftsmen in these newly conquered territories. By incorporating these foreign techniques and new designs, Rome could reflect its position as a prosperous and dominant conquering city. Roman jewellery was enriched and embellished with precious, semi-precious stones and glass beads.

Measurements: circa 2.3cm length

Weight: circa 0.93g

Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection and Asian Art Market (LC).

Lot details
Stunning Ancient Roman
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 3rd BC-3rd Century AD
Good Condition, See Photo
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