Late Roman to Early Byzantine, ca. 4th to 8th century CE. A stunning pair of impressive 20K+ gold and garnet hoop earrings - each one featuring a 14-sided polygonal pendant - also comprised of 20K+ gold - with four faces containing a garnet inlay, 10 faces featuring clusters of granules, and filigree borders between the faces. Believe it or not, the Romans invented the hoop earring which developed around 300 BCE - and these outstanding examples are a mesmerizing interpretation of the form! Total weight: 10.4 grams
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Neil Phillips collection, New York, New York, USA, acquired in the 1980s
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