Bracelet, Glass, Orange, Roman

Production date
1st Century CE-4th Century CE
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Object detail

Bracelet made of glass. The inner rim is of black glass upon which is built an orange glass body with thin yellow straitions running to the rim. At intervals along the rim are inserts of lime green inlays. The bracelet has some marks and damage consistent with age.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
1st Century CE-4th Century CE
L12mm x W110mm x D110mm
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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. This substantial piece would most certanally have caught the eye.
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