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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 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 in. (6.4 x 3.5 x 6 cm) Wt: 72g strap: 7/8 x 5 7/16 in. (2.2 x 13.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.148
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
These elegant earrings are decorated with pearls, a favorite jewel of the Byzantines. Sapphires, then called hyakinthoi (hyacinths), became popular in Byzantine jewelry in the sixth century.
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. p. 72, 340, fig. 7.17.

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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