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Classical Revival Hellenistic Style Earrings - FJ.6654
Origin: Europe
Circa: 18 th Century AD
Dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high
Medium: Gold

Location: United States
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The intricate craftsmanship of this stunning pair of gold earrings aspires to recreate the glories of antiquity. Created during the Classical Revival, a period where modern Europe looked towards the past and reinterpreted the ancient forms of Greece and Rome anew. This trend was the product of a heightened comprehension and increased awareness of the treasures of the past derived from excavations in the new scientific field of archaeology. Perhaps the Classical Revival also reveals a latent longing towards the Arcadian lifestyles of yesterday abandoned as Europe rapidly industrialized and urbanized. Thus, the gold of these earrings becomes even more spectacular. A figure of a winged Eros stands majestically dangling from the central roundel. The Greek god of love symbolizes the joys and beauty of pastoral existence that the Revival sought to rekindle. As the world changes, doubt and fears over the future forced some to look towards the simpler times of antiquity for security and inspiration. The lasting popularity of the Revival is surely also influenced by the creation of a new class of noveau riche aristocrats attempting to connect with the language and style of wealth and the elegant aura of Greece and Rome. A woman wearing these earrings evokes both the image of a Roman priestess in a toga and a Victorian princess in an evening gown. Overall, these earrings demonstrate that the timeless beauty of a classic never goes out of style. - (FJ.6654)


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