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Pair of Jeweled Bracelets

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Dates/Places: Probably made in Constantinople
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Pair of Jeweled Bracelets
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 700
Creation Date: 500?700
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Gold, silver, pearl, amethyst, sapphire, glass, quartz, and emerald plasma
Dimensions: Diam. 3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm)
Description: These elaborately decorated bracelets have richly jeweled exteriors and finely detailed opus interrasile (openwork) patterns on their interiors. The luminous beauty of pearls was highly prized in the Byzantine world. These bracelets are only two of thirty-four pieces of gold jewelry from Egypt said to have been found near Lycopolis (now Assiut) or Antinoopolis (Antinoe, now Sheik Ibada) in Egypt at the turn of the century . Whether discovered together, or later assembled, they represent the standard of luxury common among the elite in Egypt during the period of Byzantine rule and the close connections between the wealthy province and the capital in Constantinople. Multicolored, or polychrome, jewelry was very popular in the Early Byzantine world.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.190.1670, 1671
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.1670,1671
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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