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Roman ring-keys were usually worn on belt or string, or carried in a purse, not worn on the finger, and were usually used to open a strongbox or cabinet. Roman ring keys were made of bronze, brass or iron. Pollio notes many ring-keys identified as Roman [in online sales] are actually medieval and replicas and fakes exist. This is, of course, a genuine Roman era specimen.AS79097. Milovanivic-Mrdjic type II/1, fig. 6 & pl. 2, 36; Guiraud type 5a; Pollio p. 63, complete and intact, rough corrosion, Roman bronze ring-key, 32mm maximum length; $80.00 (€65.60)
Roman Empire, c. 2nd - 3rd Century A.D., Choice and Wearable Pair of Ornate Gold Earrings
AS93744. a matching pair of ornate gold earrings, c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D., choice, and wearable!, each a hoop with granules around, ropework attachment loop, each with two attached loops with openwork filigree spokes and granules, c. 4.1 cm from top to bottom, 5.21g + 5.30g = 10.51g total; ex Tom Cederlind; SOLD
Byzantine, Eastern Mediterranean, Gold Earrings, 6th - 7th Century A.D.
Jewelry with these flat backed disk like pellet globules was popular across the Byzantine empire and with the barbarian tribes to the north. Examples have been found from Sicily to Hungary and Northern Bulgaria. Most or all of this jewelry was probably made in the Eastern Mediterranean, possibly in Syria. Examples have been found with coins from Tiberius II (578 - 582) to Heraclius (610- 641).AS34486. Earrings; cf. Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Volume II, 85; 2.9 cm (1 1/8") long, 4.597 grams, Superb, pair of loop earrings each with two single globules and a central large multi formed globuled drop pendant; complete, intact and wearable; SOLD
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