Roman Turquoise and Gold Lunar Pendant

£ 525.00

A fine Roman lunar pendant featuring a crescent frame with turquoise insets split into three sections. At each point of the crescent is a gold granule with a cluster of granules displayed in the middle at the bottom. A gold loop has been added to the top for suspension. The reverse is flat and unadorned.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, some encrustation to the surface.


SKU: LD-518 Category: Tag:

Amulets of this type, or ‘lunulae’, were pieces of jewellery modelled in the shape of a crescent moon worn by girls in Ancient Rome, as an apotropaic amulet to protect themselves against the evil and to attract good fortune. Lunar motives became extremely popular in Roman jewellery across all the territories of the Roman Empire. The Roman goddess Luna, also known as Selene in Greek, was said to have embodied the essense of the moon. Luna’s main attributes are the crescent moon and two-yoke chariot (biga). Her counter part is her brother the God Sol, one guarding the day and the other guarding the night. Only when there was an eclipse, the two deities could see each other. Luna was thought to help with fertility and childbirth, she was also a symbol for femininity.

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Weight 0.73 g
Dimensions W 1.7 x H 1.6 cm

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