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Byzantine Gold, Enamel, and Precious Stones

As the most precious of metals, gold was prized for its radiant color. The luster of gold was augmented by the addition of jewels and semiprecious stones. Goldsmiths achieved similar effects by the use of filigree and cloisonné enamel, techniques by which they fused colored glass to gold grounds.

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Reliquary Cross with the Crucifixion

Byzantine
Late12th-early 13th century
enamel on gold
BZ.1936.20

Ring of Michael Attaleiates

Byzantine
Before 1080
enamel on gold
BZ.1947.19

Reliquary of St. Demetrios

Byzantine
Early 13th Century
enamel on gold
BZ.1953.20

Hinged Closure with Christ and the Virgin

Byzantine
second half of 10th to early 11th century
enamel on gold
BZ.1965.4

Pair of Kolti with Sirens

Byzantine, Middle Byzantine Period, ca. 843-1204 CE
Late 11th-12th Century
enamel on gold
BZ.1999.13a-b

Cameo-cut Virgin Hagiosoritissa

Byzantine
12th century
bloodstone
BZ.1936.31

Crescent Earring

Byzantine
First half 10th century
gold with pearls
BZ.1994.3.1

Virgin Orant

Byzantine
11th century
bloodstone
BZ.1940.70

St. Demetrios

Byzantine
11th century
enamel on gold
BZ.1957.9

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