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Bird within Disk

Early Byzantine
7th century - 10th century (possibly)
enamel on gold

Not on view


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This medallion has a beribboned bird stepping to left. This image was apparently executed in the Senkschmelz technique with some interior details, such as the eye and the wing feathers, laid in with foil-like cloisons. Some enamel remains in the head and at the duck's tail. There is a hole through the medallion at the point where the near leg meets the body.

M. C. Ross, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, II: Jewelry, Enamels and Art of the Migration Period Painting (Washington, D.C., 1965) II, no. 143, pl. LXVII

G. Haseloff, Email im fruhen Mittelalter (Marburg, 1990), 22, fig. 24.

Acquisition History
Said to have been found in Constantinople.

Acquired from George Zacos, 1957.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.