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Gold Necklace with Pendants

Date:
ca. 7th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Pendants: gold - sheet; scribed, engraved, chased, punched; wire - beaded; granulation. Tubes: gold - sheet; wire - beaded. Chain: gold - strip (half round).
Dimensions:
Overall: 21 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 3/8 in. (55 x 4.9 x 0.9 cm) chain: 21 5/8 in. (55 cm) hexagonal shaped beads: 1 7/16 x 3/8 in. (3.6 x 0.9 cm) medallions: 1 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 in. (4.9 x 3.8 x 0.7 cm) petal shaped pendants: 1 7/8 x 1 x 1/4 in. (4.7 x 2.6 x 0.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1656
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The intricately worked pendants are separated by hexagonal spacers.

Opus interrasile was a technique used by goldsmiths to make elegant jewelry from the 200s through the 600s. Designs were traced onto sheets of gold; the background was punched with holes of various sizes to highlight the pattern; and fine details were then worked on the surface. The patterns formed by piercing the metal ground encouraged the play of light and shadow across an object's surface.
[ Amedeo Canessa, Paris (sold 1911)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1911–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (1913–1917)
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. 123, 341, fig. 11.6.

Cutler, Anthony. "The Enduring Present: Gifts in Medieval Islam and Byzantium." In Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts, edited by Linda Komaroff. Los Angeles; New Haven and London: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2011. no. 238, p. 78-79, fig. 70.

Komaroff, Linda. Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts, edited by Linda Komaroff. Los Angeles; New Haven and London: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2011. no. 238, p. 285.

Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th–9th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 130, p. 190.



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