Gold Openwork Byzantine Pendant

£ 575.00

An enticingly delicate Byzantine gold openwork pendant. The piece, in origin probably part of a larger jewellery composition, features an openwork circular central element, framed to the bottom with twisted gold wire and flaked at the top by two openwork gold spheres, to which a U shaped hoop is attached. An additional round loop at the top for suspension. To the bottom, three dangles terminating in hollow gold spheres and featuring an extremely fine gold chain, where each link of the chain comprises multiple very fine gold wires grouped together, complete this elegant jewel.  Weight: 4.41 g.

Date: 8th-14th century AD
Provenance: Ex. S.M. collection, London 1948-2000.
Condition: Extremely fine, suitable for modern wear with care.


Product Code: BS-28
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Byzantine jewellery was a continuation of Roman traditions. As in many other cultures throughout history, Byzantine jewellery acted not only as an embellishment, but most importantly as a direct display of someone’s wealth and social status. Interestingly, it also acted as a diplomatic tool. The earring with composite pendant was the most common type of ear ornament during the Byzantine Empire. Precious stones or glass bead may be mounted in box-settings of square, rectangular, or circular shape. We know from literary sources that the production of precious metalwork and jewellery in Imperial workshops was controlled by the Imperial treasury, or officinum, which supervised the Imperial factories that made precious metalwork.

To discover more about jewellery in Ancient Times, please visit our relevant blog post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions W 2 x H 6 cm

Southern Europe



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