Byzantine Earrings with Cross Pendants

£ 700.00

A matching pair of Byzantine gold earrings with cross pendants. Each earrings consists of a twisted wire hoop with closed-end fastening at the top, rectangular plaque with green glass paste insert and wavy border decoration, and gold cross pendants with central gold granule. Weight: 4.25 g.

Date: Circa 6th-8th Century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact, with minor encrustations over the whole. Minor imperfections to the green glass bead. The earrings are suitable for modern ware if attached to modern gold hooks, which is an easy procedure that won’t harm the items, please consult a professional jeweller for alterations.

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Product Code: BS-07
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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. This type consists of a hoop to which is attached a small ring holding a single pendant, with the basic scheme allowing certain variations of detail. 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 relavnt blog post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions H 3.7 cm
Metal

Gold

Region

Southern Europe

Glass

Blown Glass

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