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Pair of Lunate Earrings

10th century - early 11th century
gold and gems

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Pair of large, lunate earrings, the decorated part terminating at each end in an openwork sphere joining the plain hoop; circles of beaded wire on either side of a flat, curved band with small loops to hold wire (originally strung with pearls). Originally, stones were placed within the circles; BZ.1963.28.1 still retains one agate or carnelian (?) bead.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 231.

M. Ross, Jewelry, Enamels, and Art of the Migration Period, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Vol. II, 2nd ed., with an Addendum by Susan A. Boyd and Stephen R. Zwirn (Washington, DC, 2005), add. no. 192, pl. CXXIV.

A. Bosselmann-Ruickbie, Byzantinischer Schmuck des 9. bis frühen 13. Jarhunderts (Wiesbaden, 2011), p. 390, fig. 104.

Acquisition History
Acquired from George Zacos.

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