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Roman Gold Earrings Set with Gorgon-Head Cameos - SJ.0215
Origin: Israel (Bethany)
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD

Collection: Roman
Medium: Gold

Location: United States
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In the classical world, the head of the gorgon medusa was thought of as the ultimate protection against harm. The mythological hero Perseus used the snaky-locked head to turn his enemies to stone. By roman times, the Gorgon head was used to bring good fortune and frighten away the evil eye. Here, a pair of these lucky talismans forms the centerpieces of exquisite golden earrings. Though we know little about the woman who wore them when Rome was at her peak, we can tell that she had an elegant sense of style. She was very fortunate indeed to have adorned herself with these charming jewels. - (SJ.0215)


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