Ancient Roman Glass Pendant with Impressed Star

$188.33

An ancient Roman pendant, made from molded glass. It is decorated at its centre, with a large star motif, made from four intersecting lines. The pendant is topped with a large suspension loop, still intact and well preserved, whilst the reverse is plain and unadorned. Iridescence covers the majority of the piece. Such glass pendants would have been worn by Romans as good fortune charms to bring good luck and ward off the evil. Iconographies were extremely differentiated, including apotropaic symbols, images of deities and animals.

 

Date: Circa 4th – 6th century AD
Provenance: Ex Sasson family coll., Jerusalem (since 1925). Acquired by Ancient & Oriental in April 2022.
Condition: Fine condition, some signs of wear.
SKU: AG-32 Category: Tags: ,

The mass production of glass in Ancient Rome explains the common use of this material in jewellery-making. The ageing process of glass endows Roman glass jewellery with unique qualities. For instance, contaminants manufactured into the glass, combined with the surrounding environment over thousands of years, result in beautiful iridescence and speckling, where the glass might formerly have been transparent.

Glass pendants, would have been worn by Romans as good fortune charms to bring good luck and ward off the evil. Iconographies were extremely differentiated, including apotropaic symbols, images of deities and animals.

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

Weight 1.0 g
Dimensions L 1.7 x W 1.1 cm
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