Chain with Birds and Trees of Life

Kyivan Rus’

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

Chains, called riazni, were created from small cloisonné enamel medallions. The chains may have joined layers of dress, been worn as necklaces or bracelets, or used to suspend circular or crescent-shaped pendants known as temple pendants or kolti. Rus' women wore temple pendants in pairs, suspended beside the face, at the temple, as part of their elaborate headdress.

Chain with Birds and Trees of Life, Cloisonné enamel, gold, Kyivan Rus’

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