A Selection of Ancient Roman Miniature Glass Juglet Pendants

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A selection of Ancient Roman pendants in the form of a miniature juglet. Both feature a small globular body decorated by a glass trail in a chevron design. Miniatures items such as these were often used as charms for necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Date: Circa 2nd - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine condition, some iridescence and earthy encrustations remain on the surface.
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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making, allowing the quantity of production to be increased, whilst its price be reduced. It also allowed a new flexibility and artistic freedom, with glass now becoming a decorative luxury to rival pottery. It was this novel mass production of the material in imperial Rome that prompted the development of glass jewellery, though its valuable properties today derive in large part from the ageing process.

To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog posts: Ancient Roman Glass and Collecting Roman Glass.

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Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum, item 17.194.439 and The Metropolitan Museum, item 17.194.478

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