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Late Roman/Early Byzantine Gold Earring or Nose Ring - SJ.0177
Origin: Bethlehem, Israel
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD

Catalogue: V1
Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Gold

Location: United States
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Adorned with a bead of opalescent glass, this golden bauble belonged to a woman during the twilight of the classical era. It combines a delicate Greco-Roman sensibility with the barbarian fondness for gaudy ornament typical of late antiquity. The woman who wore it so long ago must have been something like the jewels she chose: elegant yet bold. Her name and her history have vanished into time; great empires have come and gone; only this jewel survives as it was. Yet when we hold this lovely talisman in our hands, our connection with that woman and her world is direct. - (SJ.0177)


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