Pair of early Byzantine gold earrings

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Beautiful jewellery with beads made of emerald and garnet. Made in the eastern part of the Mediterranean during the 6th to early 7th century.
Object: Pair of early Byzantine gold earrings

Material: Gold. Beads made of emerald and garnet.

Period: 6th cent. AD to 7th cent. AD.
Early Byzantine period.

Description:    Two Byzantine earrings, belonging pair. Each earring consists of a circular bow with three loops soldered to it. Each loop carries a chain with a pendent made of a gold sphere and a bead. The four garnet beads are near spherical, the two emerald beads are cylindrical. All beads are finely polished and clear.
Earrings of this type were popluar for almost two centuries in the Eastern Mediterranean. Known finds come from the coastal area between Syria and Egypt, as well as from the Greek islands and Cyprus.

Dimensions: Approx. 65mm long from bow to beads. Approx. 25mm wide at the bow.

Condition: Worthy of a museum exhibition. Body and chain fully intact including original gem stone pendents. Bows slighty bent.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 at the German art market. Previously in the German privat collection of Manfred Schwarz. Acquired into the collection in the 1960ies or earlier at the German art market.

References: Cf. J. Spier, Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium, p. 88ff, no. 14b.
For the antetype from Late Antiquity cf. L. Ruseva-Slokoska, Roman Jewellery, p. 105, no. 5.

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