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Ornament with Stepped Pattern

late 10th century - 11th century
0.5 cm (3/16 in.)
enamel on gold

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The rectangular ornament of cloisonne enamel has crenellated pattern. It has two stepped squares, placed at forty-five degree angles to the rectangles edge, tangent to each other. From the sides, stepped areas fill the spaces left by the squares.

The Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University, Handbook (Washington, D.C., 1955), no. 272, E.

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 (Washington, D.C., 1965), no. 150, pl. LXVII.

Acquisition History
Purchased by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss from George Zacos (dealer) Istanbul, July 24, 1953.

Gift of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 1953.

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