The Cosmati Pavement, the medieval tile mosaic floor in front of the Abbey’s High Alter where Prince William and Middleton are expected to take their vows, has in past been rarely visible due to its age and condition, but the floor has been newly conserved thanks in large part to a grant from the Getty Foundation. More»
Gold snake bracelet, worn on the wrist
Romano-Egyptian, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.
Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum
In the Hellenistic period, gold made available by new territorial conquests flooded the Greek world.
Combined with social and economic changes that created a wealthy clientele with a taste for luxury, this availability led to an immense outpouring of gold jewelry to meet the demand.
Here’s a closer view of the detailing of the cross-hatching.