BYZANTINE PEARL EARRINGS
Measurements: 4.76 grams - weight, 2 cm-width, 3 cm - length
Description: An exquisite pair of Byzantine half moon gold earrings, featuring detailed gold, scroll pattering. Three pearl drop pendants hang from the bottom of each earring. These earrings are reminiscent of opus interrasile gold work where designs were traced onto sheets of gold; the background was punched with holes of various sizes to highlight the pattern and fine details were then worked on the surface. Opus interrasile is a pierced openwork metalworking technique found from the 3rd century AD, and remaining popular in Byzantine jewellery. It was developed and popularised in Rome, where metalworkers used it to make arabesques and other similar designs.
Reference: Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th–9th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012.
Period: 6th -7th century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact. Minor encrustations present.