8 December 2005
A PAIR OF MIDDLE BYZANTINE GOLD EARRINGS
CIRCA 1000 A.D.
Each with a hoop of coiled wire threaded through a hollow polygonal bead, the hoop with a hinged closure, one end with volutes, the bead with pentagonal panels off set by filigree twisted wires, each centered by a dome, topped with and framed by filigree rings, and punctuated by single granules; joined to modern earwires
Each: 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm.) long (2)
Acquired in the 1970s.
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For a bead of similar style see no. 48, pp. 132-133 in Gonosová and Kondoleon, Art of Late Rome and Byzantium in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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