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Roman Gold Sheet Applique with Woman - 4.3 grams

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A fascinating hammered and stamped gold applique comprised of 77% gold (equivalent to 18K+) , flat, slightly flaring at the edges, with a stamped figure of the upper body of a woman at its center. She holds her hands across her stomach, with her breasts clearly visible above them. She wears a diadem and her hair is seen in two plaits that hang to her shoulders. Below her is an applied, shield-like gold boss. Above her head, other stamped figures are visible, but much fainter - what looks like the full body of a woman and possibly a horse are on the top of the applique. A fascinating decorative item. Size: 1.05" W x 2.05" H (2.7 cm x 5.2 cm); gold quality: 77% or the equivalent of 18K+; total weight: 4.3 grams.

Condition: Two small tears, one at the bottom, and one at the top. Slight bending to form. Unclear if the stamped figures at the top are smoothed from time or were just stamped very lightly.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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