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Large Roman Gold Shield Earring Pair, Circa 2nd Century A.D.

Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Gold
Dimensions:  5.84 grams total, 46-48 mm
Provenance:  Acquired between 1969 and 1999. London collection of the late Mr. S.M., from whom it descended; Auctions, United Kingdom, November, 2022


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A matching pair of gold earrings, each composed of a tapering hoop with plait-effect lower body and domed plaque, cluster of spheres below adorned with granules.

The anthropocentric concept of Ancient Rome led to the development of parallel arts such as sculpture and architecture, and the importance of social and economic status meant that the Romans wanted to surround themselves with luxury and precious materials. Jewellery was born from the need to embellish the body, to enhance the human figure and its value, to seek beauty through the perfection of forms.

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