Spherical Pendant or Button


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

This handsomely worked, hollow sphere may have decorated the border of an official scarf, like the loros worn by the Byzantine emperor, or have been used as a button to hold together the outermost vestments of members of the Orthodox clergy. Similar works have been found at Preslav, the capital of the Bulgarian empire in the early tenth century.

Spherical Pendant or Button, Cloisonné enamel and gold, Byzantine

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