Artist

unknown (Byzantine)

Date

6th or 7th century (creation)

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Description

These elaborately decorated bracelets have richly jeweled exteriors and finely detailed opus interrasile (openwork) patterns on their interiors. The luminous beauty of pearls was highly prized in the Byzantine world. These bracelets are only two of thirty-four pieces of gold jewelry from Egypt said to have been found near Lycopolis (now Assiut) or Antinoopolis (Antinoe, now Sheik Ibada) in Egypt at the turn of the century. Whether discovered together, or later assembled, they represent the standard of luxury common among the elite in Egypt during the period of Byzantine rule and the close connections between the wealthy province and the capital in Constantinople. Multicolored, or polychrome, jewelry was very popular in the Early Byzantine world.

Description Source

http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/170003941

Culture

Byzantine

Classification

Fashion, Costume and Jewelry

Work Type

jewelry; bracelets (jewelry) ; costume accessories

Style Period

Byzantine

Work Technique

assembly

Location

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York, United States)

Material

gold, silver, pearl, amethyst, sapphire, glass, quartz, emerald plasma

Measurements

Overall: 1 7/16 x 3 1/4 in. (3.7 x 8.2 cm)

Image Rights

© Metropolitan Museum of Art

Image Source

Scholar's Resource, Inc.

File Type

jpg

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