Byzantine Gold Hollow Bracelet with Granulé Decoration

Byzantine Gold Hollow Bracelet with Granulé Decoration
Circa 6th century AD

A beautiful hollow-formed Byzantine sheet gold penannular bracelet, inset with a deep red, garnet cabochon to each finial. To the centre is a circling border of granulation, flanked with granulated crosses. An exquisite example of Byzantine gold-work.

Byzantine art was largely defined by its Christian character. A lot of its earlier artistic tradition was centred around icons and religious symbols. Byzantine artists used gold liberally – largely on account of its availability in the area and the immense wealth accumulated by the Byzantine Empire.

Byzantine jewellery was clearly part of the empire’s cultural fabric. It is evident that jewellery was worn not only by adult women, but also often by men and children. Part of the reason behind the popularity for jewellery was the belief in certain pieces having amuletic functions as well as decorative – namely, the idea that they were apotropaic and could protect the wearer from evil. This bracelet, set with crosses, exemplifies such a belief.

Measurements: 7.8cm, 13.99g weight

Provenance: From the property of a London gentleman; formerly in an important collection of Christian art, acquired after 1970.

Lot details
Hollow Bracelet with Granulé Decoration
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 6th century AD
Good Condition, See Photo
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