11 December 2003
THE PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARSHALL C. FINKELMAN
FOUR PAIRS OF ROMAN GOLD EARRINGS
Circa 2nd-4th Century A.D.
One pair each with an S-shaped earwire joined to an openwork disk, a bezel-set garnet in the center, supporting three drop pendants now threaded with green glass beads; one pair each with an S-shaped earwire joined to a stamped disk, a pearl set in the center, three fixed pendants below, all the pearls likely modern replacements; one pair each with a hooked earwire joined to a disk, a prong-set pearl in the center, supporting two drop-shaped pendants, the pearls likely modern replacements; and one pair each with a plain hoop joined to a square box, a garnet set in the center, with three pendants suspended from a voluted bar, the pendants each set high with a garnet or green glass, a glass bead threaded on to the end, the garnets and glass likely modern replacements
1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm.) long (largest) (8)
American Private Collection.
Acquired by the current owner in the 1980s.
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