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LOT 0150

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GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,600 - 12,000
USD ($) 10,890 - 13,610

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£7,500 (EUR 9,003; USD 10,211) (+bp*)

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Byzantine Gold Earring Pair with Original Chain

7th century AD

A matched pair of gold earrings joined by a chain, each earring composed of a gently tapering round-section penannular hoop with pierced terminals, three loops with pearl bead dangles, one of which is embellished with an openwork filigree triangle, each with three loops to the bottom bar, two suspending pearl dangles, the centre loop linked to the gold chain composed of ribbed links, punctuated by beaded medallions framing sheet-gold repoussé discs displaying stylised human busts within a pellet border. 26.35 grams, 76cm long (30"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Acquired from Fred Leighton, New York, ca. 1982.
Important North West London collection.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11047-184615.

Literature
Cf. The British Museum, museum number 1949,1008.1, for similar elements.