Blue glass bangle with iridescence and some encrustation.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
2nd Century CE
H5mm x W60mm x D60mm
History and use
In the ancient world, as it is today, accessorising was an essential element of dressing. A wide range of accessories have been worn throughout time - including crowns, wreaths, veils, hair-pins, head bindings, earrings, necklaces, armbands, bracelets, bangles and rings. All are highly visible, and bring the viewers’ attention to the wearer’s face or body. They are items of display- communicating gender, style, wealth and status in a highly visible way, and expressing the individual identity of the wearer. Some jewellery can even create sound from the movement of the wearer. When worn together, the sound that bangles make as they brush against each other, announce the presence of a person, even before they are seen.