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Lot 429: Byzantine Gold Bracelet with Cross and Lions
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 5th-6th century AD. A sheet gold bracelet with openwork band, false hinge, discoid plaque; the band with incised crescents to the borders, openwork symmetrical frieze of a regardant peacock with tail fanned, roundel with reserved cross botonny, lion with raised tail advancing towards a hatched crescent; false hinge with granulated pin; raised discoid boss with pellets to the openwork sidewall, chamfered central openwork panel with cross botonny surrounded by radiating arcs, four discs to the band. Cf. Ross M.C. Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Volume 2: Jewelry, Enamels and Art of the Migration Period, Washington, 2005, item 183 for type. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate. 74 grams, 79mm overall (3 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; acquired 1995. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.