Pair of Crescent-Shaped Earrings with Peacocks
late 6th-7th century
Made in Eastern Mediterranean
Overall: 1 1/4 x 1 in. (3.2 x 2.5 cm)
Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (BZ.1952.13.1–2)
Not on view
On these openwork earrings—another example of the quality of goldsmithing in Byzantium’s southern provinces—beaded gold wire encloses peacocks facing a central vase. These earrings may have been an engagement or a wedding gift intended to ward off the evil eye.