Pre-Columbian tumbaga gold mask, headdress, breast plate, ear decorations, etc. known as the El Canto treasure found circa 1936 in Colombia and now owned by Dr. E. Lee Spence who purchased it from the grandson of the discoverer. Spence plans to donate it to Colombia. The green is from the copper that was alloyed with the gold. Photo by Dr. E. Lee Spence
Gold pendant with inset enamel decoration. Fatimid dynasty, 11th century AD. From Egypt
Necklace, Gold, A.D. 1st century, Pompeii This necklace is one of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery discovered in the Vesuvian region. It is made up of 94 gold-leaf ivy leaves, which are connected by small rings partially masked by a small roundel. The clasps are smooth roundels.
Gold Armband Roman: e, This armband is inscribed: DOMINUS ANCILLAE SUAE ‘From the master to his slave’. The value of the gift, and the inscription, suggest an intimate relationship between a Roman master and his slave girl. Sex between a master and slave was not considered a scandal, but a common domestic occurrence.