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Roman Empire, ca. 1st century BCE to 2nd century CE. Presenting an intriguing form with three protruding rays, a pair of high (22+) karat gold hoop earrings, each a veritable perfect circle save the trio of flat-ended spikes. In approximately 300 BCE, the Romans invented the “hoop earring” - on occasion these were decorated with finials representing animals, Maenads (the intoxicated women also known as Bacchae), slaves, or the Greek god Eros. This design is relatively unusual. Weight: 2.7 grams Size: .75" L x .75" W (1.9 cm x 1.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex-private Collection of James Farmer, Maryland, collected from major galleries and auction houses between 1995 and 2005

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Not wearable as is, but a jeweler could modify or fit to new setting. Surface with minor wear as shown.

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Pr. Roman 22K+ Gold Earrings - Unusual Design

Estimate $500 - $750Mar 2, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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