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Temple Pendant with Filigree Border

Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Made in Kiev
Culture:
Kievan Rus'
Medium:
Silver, niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 9/16 in. (6 x 5.6 x 1.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.709
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
These temple pendants are decorated on one side with griffins, mythical creatures popular in Byzantine art, and on the other with interlace patterns that may relate to the Viking traditions of the Rus’ founders.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 212D, pp. 309-11.

Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 56.



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