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One of a Pair of Crescent-Shaped Earrings with Rosettes

Date:
12th century
Culture:
Kievan Rus' or Byzantine
Medium:
Cloisonné enamel, silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/16 x 2 5/16 x 1/2 in. (5.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Cloisonné
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2051
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
These earrings combine diverse artistic features-Byzantine (cloisonné enamel decoration), Kievan Rus' (enameling in segments), and Islamic (boxlike construction)-suggesting that the artist had knowledge of several traditions. The earrings have lost their suspension loops.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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. 211, pp. 308-9.



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