Lot 28: Roman Gold Amphora Drop Earrings
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2nd-3rd century AD. A matched pair of gold earrings, each a hook with granule, domed plaque with crimped edge and inset garnet spherical bead, hollow pendant amphora with garnet finial. Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 32a. 6.47 grams total, 51mm (2"). From an important Mayfair, London, UK, collection; formed by the family in the 1970s. The amphora would allude to plenty and abundance, but also to the worship of Bacchus, (Greek Dionysus), the god of wine, fertility and rebirth. Bacchus was an ancient Italian deity who became associated with his Greek counterpart during the settlement of South Italy by Greek colonists and the arrival of the mystery religion associated with him which proved to be extremely popular with the wealthy middle class. 
Condition Report: Very fine condition.