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Necklace with Pendant Crosses

6th–7th century
Made in probably Constantinople
Gold, pearl sapphire, smokey quartz, quartz
Overall: 17 13/16 in. (45.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Multicolored, or polychrome, jewelry was very popular in the early Byzantine world. The luminous small crosses worked in pearls and gems that hang from this exquisite necklace display both the faith and wealth of the owner.
[ Maurice Nahman, Cairo (sold 1911)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1911–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Dennison, Walter. A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period from Egypt. Studies in East Christian and Roman Art, Vol. 2. London and New York: University of Michigan Studies-Humanistic Series, 1918. no. 10, pp. 142–43, fig. XXX.

Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 269.

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. 6.

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. 59, 341, fig. 7.1.

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