These temple pendants are decorated on one side with griffins, mythical creatures popular in Byzantine art, and on the other with interlace patterns that may relate to the Viking traditions of the Rus’ founders.
[ Durlacher Brothers, London (sold 1907)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1907–1913)
Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 212D, pp. 309-11.
Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 56.