As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. As a result of the expansion of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in its designs and materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. Roman jewellery often reflected the culture the Romans came into contact with, and can be viewed as a testament to the prosperity and power of the Roman Empire. Disc shaped earrings, presented either in simple or more elaborate forms, as seen here, were a distinctive trait of Ancient Roman goldsmith art.
Roman Shield Boss Gold Earrings
An elaborate pair of Ancient Roman gold earrings, each modelled in high karat gold and featuring a discoid body. The earrings are comprised of a large central shield boss disc which leads to an elaborate pendant composed of a cluster of three large, hollow gold beads, enriched by fine gold granules. The reverse of the earrings features a flattened band, acting as an attachment loop, decorated with a fine rope pattern.
Provenance: From the collection of a Japanese gentleman, deceased (1970-2010); collected in the 1990s.
Condition: Fine condition, slight crack to one of the large boss shields and slight damage to the hollow balls. Suitable for modern wear with care.