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A Pair of East Roman Gold, Turquoise, and Lapis Earrings, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 2nd - 3rd century CE
Regular price$9,500 USD
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Culture: East Roman
Medium: Gold, turquoise, lapis
Dimensions: Length: 1 7/8 inches (4.7 cm)
A fabulous matched pair of elaborate gold earrings originating from the Eastern Roman Empire, the central pendant is a hollow-formed amphora with granulate decoration. Both sides of the body are set with turquoise and lapis lazuli bordered with granulation.
On either side of the amphora handles hang a pair of flat discs, while the handles themselves are portrayed in the shape of frolicking dolphins. The dolphin's noses are joined to a hollow formed hoop, the latter attached above to a solid circlet, inlaid with a bezel set turquoise and expertly converted with a later ear post and hinge for wearing. Just superb!
Condition:Intact and in excellent condition overall, with fine reddish-gold patina, modified in recent times with a hinged bar for wear.
Provenance:Shlomo Moussaieff (1923 - 2015) private collection, Israel. Exported with a permit from the Israeli Antiquities Authority.
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