As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. This piece displays the great refinement of Romans in working gold and precious metals. Such refinement will be also treasured during the Byzantine Empire.
Late Roman Open-Work Gold Pendant
A fine Late Roman-early Byzantine gold pendant, modelled in open work technique, and featuring a discoid shape with a suspension loop to the top. The pendant displays an intricate decoration comprising a raised border of twisted gold wires and open work decoration of gold scrolls, radiating from a central gold granule.