BYZANTINE GOLD EARRINGS WITH A CROSS
Measurements: 3.6 – 3.8 cm – length. Weight: 4.52 g.
Description: A rare matched pair of gold earrings, each a twisted wire hoop with discoid plaque, central granule and beaded wire border; vertical corrugated tube with bulb below, granule and filigree detailing, granule cluster below; to the outer face a cruciform appliqué with five punched points.
Period: 6th - 8th cent. AD
Provenance: From the important collection of Christian artefacts formed by a London gentleman; acquired on the London art market prior to 1980.
Condition: Very fine.