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A BYZANTINE GOLD NECKLACE WITH A GOLD AND GARNET PENDANT CROSS
A BYZANTINE GOLD NECKLACE WITH A GOLD AND GARNET PENDANT CROSS

CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.

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A BYZANTINE GOLD NECKLACE WITH A GOLD AND GARNET PENDANT CROSS CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D. Formed from a length of figure-8 loop-in-loop chain, the hook-and-loop closure with openwork disks, each fringed with beaded wire and centered by a single granule, with four plain wire volutes arranged within the disks; threaded through the ridged suspension loop of a pendant cross, the conical arms each capped with a dome centered by a pyramid of granules, fringed by beaded wire, centered by a plain circular bezel set with a flat garnet 17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) long
Provenance
Francesca Artuner, Brussels, 1992.
Therafter acquired by the current owner, New York.

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For similar openwork disks such as those on the clasp see no. 83A in W. Rudolph, A Golden Legacy, Ancient Jewelry from the Burton Y. Berry Collection.

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