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Bracelet with Grapevine Pattern

Date:
late 6th–early 7th century
Geography:
Made in possibly Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold - sheet, rod; engraved; wire - plain, beaded; granulation; strip - triangular sectioned.
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/4 x 1 7/16 x 2 5/16 in. (5.7 x 3.7 x 5.9 cm) Wt: 74g strap: 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (2.3 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.149
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Heavy, rigid gold bracelets like this pair are opened by the pins S beside the medallions at their centers. The grapevines decorating these bracelets were made by attaching small gold sheets worked as leaves and triangular groups of grapes to thick gold wires.
Cyprus Treasure, found at Karavas, Cyprus, 1902; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Dalton, O. M. Byzantine Art and Archeology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1911. pp. 534-549, fig. 317.

Dennison, Walter. "A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period from Egypt." In Studies in East Christian and Roman Art. Humanistic Series, Vol. 12, part 2. London and New York: University of Michigan Studies-Humanistic Series, 1918. p. 157, fig. 52.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. p. 40, fig. 19.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 40, fig. 18.

Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 257.

Stylianou, A. and J. Hoi thesauroi tes Lampouses. Vasilia, Lapethos, Cyprus, 1969. pp. 49-64, fig. 43.

Brown, Katharine R. "The Mosaics of San Vitale: Evidence for the Attribution of Some Early Byzantine Jewelry to Court Workshops." Gesta 18, no. 1 (1979). p. 59, fig. 8.

Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 292, pp. 316-317, see also cat. no. 297, p. 321 for a similar bracelet in the Benaki Museum, 1835.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. pp. 72, 340-341, fig. 7.16.

Yeroulanou, Aimilia. "Common Elements in 'Treasures' of the Early Christian Period.." In Byzanz – das Römerreich im Mittelalter: Volume 1, Welt der Ideen, Welt der Dinge, edited by Falko Daim, and Jörg Drauschke. Mainz: Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, 2010. p. 351, fig. 20.



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