Dug up at Elephanta islands during excavations for the Port Trust work
A gold hair ornament that was discovered in Elephanta Island in the mid-20th century. The piece, typically referenced in the frescoes at Ajanta, was set with green and white stones, which she presumed were green beryls. However, when the conservation lab ran some tests, the stone turned out to be green emeralds, and since the only existing mines in that period were found in Egypt, it’s safe to presume that Roman trade dates as far back as fifth and sixth.
Gold, bejewelled with precious stones
5th century CE
Elephanta island, Mumbai