Parure of Jewellery from the Carthage Treasure

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 02 October 2016
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Matching sets of jewellery (parures) are rare finds from the Late Roman Period. This set of a necklace and earrings combines rock emeralds, sapphires, and pearls threaded on gold wire. Approximately 50 years after this jewellery was made, the Emperor Leo (reigned 457-474 CE) restricted the wearing of these specific gems to imperial use only, demonstrating the value and esteem with they were held. 300s-400s CE. From the Hill of St. Louis, Tunisia. The Carthage Treasure comprises 31 pieces of jewellery and silver tableware, dating from around 400 CE. The treasure was found in Carthage, modern-day Tunisia. It is thought to have been buried for safekeeping by the prominent Cresconii family at a time of crisis, possibly when the city was attacked by the Germanic Vandal King Gaiseric in 439 CE. Bequeathed by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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