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LOT 1220

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Byzantine Gold Filigree Earrings with Garnets and Turquoise

6th-8th century AD

A matched pair of bifacial hollow-form crescentic earrings, each with an applied twisted wire border to the perimeter of the front face, three tear-shaped garnet and turquoise stones in settings and applied twisted wire circles above and below; an applied twisted wire border to the perimeter of the reverse, and a stylised floral design formed from applied twisted wire comprising three tear-shaped petals arranged around a circle, two circles above; an oblate pearl(?) bead to the top face; attachment loops to the edges; collared terminals; round-section 'hooks.' 8.27 grams total, 34-35mm (1 1/4"). Fine condition. [2]

Provenance
Ex London art market; previously in a collection from the Philippines.
Literature
See Entwistle, C. & Adams, N., Intelligible Beauty, Recent Research into Byzantine Jewellery, London, 2010, for discussion.