Gilt bronze, just under 1” (0.95”) in total height. Elongated form, faceted, perhaps representing a fruit or seed. A form about which there is some uncertainty. Romans were very dependent on the sea and used sea motifs, real and mythical extensively in their art and decoration. Sea shells are depicted in mosaics and wall paintings. However, several variant sources describe these as worn specifically by prostitutes, with anatomical references. As prostitution was openly practiced, that may be the case. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored on an 18” gilt Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with certification of authenticity. Just about as elegant as these get!

Item ID: B6391

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