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Gold Ring with Roman Bronze Button - FJ.7134
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD

Collection: Classical Antiquities
Medium: Bronze, Gold

Location: United States
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The elegant floral decorative motifs engraved into the sides of the ring highlight the ancient button without distracting attention away from it. At first, the idea of buttons in Roman fashion appears odd, considering Ancient Roman citizens are traditionally portrayed wearing togas. However, a button such as this once would have likely secured an ancient leather garment, perhaps of a type worn by soldiers under their armor. Clearly, this item would have been quite a luxurious piece of clothing to deserve buttons of bronze. The charming, almost comical that decorate the button reveal that even a costume formality such as buttons were treated with the same attention to detail and love of decoration as the textiles themselves. The wide face, with alert eyes and groomed hair, appears to look more like a mask than a representation of a person’s face. Forged from bronze, this button was in itself quite valuable and would have doubtlessly held in place the garments of a wealthy individual. This beautiful ring emulates the enduring taste and style of the Classics and surely would have been just as admired in antiquity as it is today. - (FJ.7134)


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