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Lot 0037D
Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A lovely pair of 18K gold hoop earrings, each one adorned with lovely seashell forms. The seashell was most associated Venus (Greek Aphrodite), the goddess of love who was born of the sea. Recall the famous Renaissance painting by Sandro Botticelli - "The Birth of Venus" (ca. 1486) depicting the goddess approaching the shore after her birth, emerging as a statuesque nude beauty upon a large seashell. Size: .5" L x .375" W (1.3 cm x 1 cm); Weight: 2 grams

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Some expected bending. Hooks are not functional at this point; however, a jeweler could easily fit them to a modern setting in order to be wearable.

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Delicate Roman 18K Gold Seashell Earrings - 2 g

Estimate $800 - $1,200Dec 20, 2017