Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A PAIR OF BYZANTINE GOLD EARRINGS
CIRCA 6TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
Crescentic in form, with an openwork design composed of an eagle with splayed wings, the body facing to the right, the head turned back, the beak open, bordered below by a beaded wire, the wire hoop along the concave edge, tapering at one end to a hook-and-loop closure; joined to modern earwires
Each: 1 in. (2.5 cm.) high (2)
Private Collection, U.S., 1990s.
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For similar examples see nos. 475-481 in Yeroulanou, Diatrita: Gold Pierced-work Jewellry from the 3rd to the 7th Century.
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