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Gold Half Moon-Shaped Earring with Peacocks

Date:
late 6th–7th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 3/16 x 1 15/16 x 1/8 in. (5.5 x 4.9 x 0.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.171.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
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.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York (sold 1938)]
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. 131A, p. 191.



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