Roman gold and garnet, crescent pendant: 1st century AD

gold and garnet, crescent pendant

Gold and cabochon-garnet crescent pendant,  with 3 small pendants and suspension loop. The crescent was a symbol of the goddess Luna.  Very fine beaded decoration on the front using gold granules, and plain back. Sold to me as Roman but I have seen very similar pieces from second century BC Greece and Hellenistic Greece.  Bought as present for my wife.

Size: 3.6 cm (6.3gm)

(Ex private collection of lady (known to dealer but wishing to remain anonymous), consisting mainly of ancient jewellery, moulds and ancient jewellery tools. Receipts were not kept. Purchased 1990s.)

(Aquired Artimission, London 15th November 2017)