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Crescent Earring with Birds


Early Byzantine
6th century - 7th century
4.3 cm x 3.9 cm x 0.4 cm (1 11/16 in. x 1 9/16 in. x 3/16 in.)
gold
BZ.1965.15

On view


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Additional Image Obverse
Obverse
Additional Image Pictured with BZ.1953.12.96
Pictured with BZ.1953.12.96
Additional Image Reverse
Reverse


Description
Lunate gold earring with repoussé pattern of two birds within vegetal scroll flanking vase. Beaded border, with six extant gold balls applied to outer edge (one missing). Forms a pair with BZ.1953.12.96.


Bibliography
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, 2nd ed. with an Addendum by S. A. Boyd, and S. R. Zwirn (Washington, D.C., 2005), 174-176, no. 185, pl. 119.

A. Kirin, J. N. Carder, and R. S. Nelson, Sacred Art, Secular Context : Objects of Art from the Byzantine Collection of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., Accompanied by American Paintings from the Collection of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, ed. A. Kirin, exhibition catalogue, Georgia Museum of Art, (Athens, Ga., 2005), ill. 52, 82-83, no. 29 with fig.


Exhibition History
Athens, GA, Georgia Museum of Art, “Sacred Art, Secular Context: Objects of Art from the Byzantine Collection of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., Accompanied by American Paintings from the Collection of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss,” May 15 – November 6, 2005.


Acquisition History
Anonymous gift.
Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C