Pair of Byzantine Gold Earrings with Cross and Doves
A matching pair of half-moon gold earrings from the Byzantine era, featuring detailed scroll patterning in opus interrasile goldwork. The decoration depicts doves flanking a central cross in a wreath, with five beads of gold to the edge.
Date: Circa 9th Century AD Condition: Very fine condition.
‘Opus interrasile’ was a technique used by goldsmiths to make elegant jewellery from the third through to the tenth century AD. Designs were traced onto sheets of gold and the background was punched with holes of various sizes to highlight the pattern, with fine details then worked on the surface. The patterns formed by piercing the metal encouraged the play of light and shadow across the object’s surface. This technique was very popular during the Roman empire, and was used by the majority of jewellers in the Byzantine empire.
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