Silver and Roman Glass Pin - Adaptation - Carved Menorah. 4th-6th Century CE
Brand: The Israel Museum
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Size: 4 cm X 1.5 cm / 1.6" X 0.6"
Note: To preserve patina do not allow glass to come in contact with water.
This pin is so fabulous - it will liven up any ensemble! A large sterling silver triptych frame contains a sterling silver menorah in the center, flanked by two pieces of iridescent genuine ancient Roman glass. From the bottom of the pin hang three red stones. Sheer elegance!
The Menorah, or seven-branched candelabrum, is the central motif of the Jewish people. This piece was inspired by a carved Menorah from a synagogue in Hammath Tiberias from the Byzantine Period.
The shard of genuine ancient Roman glass in this piece originate form fragments of glass vessels discovered in Israel, in the vicinity of the Mediterranean Sea shore. The finely wrought glass bottles and jars, dated 1st - 6th century C.E., were created in ancient Israel by craftsmen working with a blow-pipe at the glass furnace. Over the centuries these glass vessels gained additional charm from the iridescent coloring caused by the weathering of the glass.
This item comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Enclosed is a short description of its historical background in English and Hebrew.