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LOT 0497

Estimate
GBP (£) 8,000 - 12,000
EUR (€) 9,470 - 14,210
USD ($) 10,210 - 15,320

BYZANTINE GOLD FILIGREE BRACELET WITH EMERALD
5TH-6TH CENTURY AD
2 3/4" (35 grams, 67mm).

A penannular hoop formed as a rectangular frame with median band of two-strand guilloche flanked by bands of filigree volute scrolls with granule detailing; hinged closures with discoid clasp formed with similar filigree motifs and central cell with ropework border and inset cabochon emerald.

PROVENANCE:
From a noble Russian family by descent.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Entwistle, C. & Adams, N. Intelligible Beauty, Recent Research into Byzantine Jewellery, London, 2010, p.45, plate 18.

FOOTNOTES:
Opus interrasile, 'work shaved or scraped in-between' is a pierced openwork metalworking technique found from the 3rd century AD, and remaining popular in Byzantine jewellery. It was developed and popularized in Rome, where metalworkers used it to make arabesques and other similar designs. The technique involves punching holes in metal to simulate lattice patterns which were often drawn on the metal, and then various tools used to remove the desired pieces.

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