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Etruscan Gold Jewelry
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Etruscan Gold Jewelry

This is a strand of a gold Etruscan necklace dating back to between 800 and 500 BCE. The last Etruscan cities officially entered the Roman Empire circa 100 BCE. This necklace was found in Italy, and it is currently on display at the Field...
Frankish Bird-Shaped Brooch
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Frankish Bird-Shaped Brooch

Frankish Bird-Shaped Brooch, second half of 6th century CE. This brooch would have been worn by a woman and is characteristic of Frankish jewelry and fine workmanship.
Collection of Ptolemaic Jewellery
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Collection of Ptolemaic Jewellery

This opulent collection of Ptolemaic jewellery from Egypt probably belonged to a wealthy woman and was made between 225–175 BCE. The various pieces were made out of gold and are inlaid with a variety of precious stones. The collection...
Byzantine Jeweled Bracelet
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Byzantine Jeweled Bracelet

Dating to 500-700 CE, this gold bracelet is elaborately decorated with silver, pearls, amethyst, sapphire, glass and quartz. The interior features opus interrasile patterns. Overall, it measures 3.8 x 8.2 cm; the strap measures 2.3 x 19.5...
Visigothic Fibula
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Visigothic Fibula

This fibula (pin used for fastening a piece of clothing) is one of a pair made by a Visigothic artist out of gold over bronze with gemstones, glass and meerschaum. 6th century CE. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Mycenaean Gold Necklaces, Dendra
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Mycenaean Gold Necklaces, Dendra

A Mycenaean gold necklace from Dendra, 15-14th centuries BCE. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
The Ashburnham Ring
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The Ashburnham Ring

Gold ring with the name of Thutmose III and epithets: "Menkhperra beloved of Ptah beautiful-of-face'. The verso has the Two Ladies name of the king: "Great of Terror in All Lands". The ring was found inside the tomb of Djehuty. From Saqqara...
Gold Filigree Earring, Herakleia
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Gold Filigree Earring, Herakleia

Gold and glass paste pendant earring with filigree and granulation. Acropolis, Herakleia, southern Italy. 1st century BCE. (Archaeological Museum of Siritide, Policoro, Italy)
Mesopotamian Finger Rings
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Mesopotamian Finger Rings

These rings were found on the fingers of a woman named Puabi, inside her grave. Puabi was a Semitic Akkadian woman from Ur, c. 2600 BCE, possibly a queen or priestess. Two rings were made of gold wire that was twisted before being wound...
Gold Bracelet from Pompeii
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Gold Bracelet from Pompeii

This marvelous pair of golden bracelets were probably found at Pompeii, Italy. Roman, 1st century CE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)