A miniature Byzantine gold cross and chain
Lot 204
A miniature Byzantine gold cross and chain
£5,000 - 7,000
US$ 8,300 - 12,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A miniature Byzantine gold cross and chain
Circa 5th-7th Century A.D.
Suspended from a plaited chain with ridged terminals and suspension loops at either end, the hollow cross with arms of rectangular cross-section, a central circular bezel re-set with a cabochon garnet, the front of the arms decorated with granulation arranged in triangular motifs, three pearl pendants suspended from three loops below, 2¼in (5.7cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    German private collection, Munich. Acquired from the London art market in the late 1990s.

    Literature:
    It is likely that this cross is from an elaborate earring, cf. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, No. 57.1729.

    Exhibited:
    Dioezesanmuseum, Paderborn, 2001-2005.
    Archaeological State Museum, Munich, 2004-2005.

    Published:
    C. Stiegemann, (ed.), Byzanz das Licht aus dem Osten. Kult und Alltag im Byzantinischen Reich vom 4-15 Jahrhundert, Paderborn, 2002, IV.25.
    L. Wamser, (ed.) Die Welt von Byzanz - Europas oestliches Erbe. Glanz, Krisen un Fortleben einer tausendjaehrigen Kultur, Munich, 2004, p. 310-311, no. 528.
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