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Two semicircular pieces of silver with rolled edges and wide loops at the ends for clasp and hinge, the latter closed with a silver pin. Hammered, repoussé (from the back and sharpened from the front), engraved, and inlaid with niello. On each piece are four continuous medallions joined by...

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By 1956, private collection, Paris [see note 1]. 1959, J. J. Klejman, New York; 1959, sold by Klejman to the MFA for $900. (Accession Date: November 12, 1959) Notes: [1] Published by Marvin C. Ross, "An Emperor's Gift - and Notes on Byzantine Silver Jewelry of the Middle Period," Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 19/20 (1956-1957): 31, fig. 11.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Byzantium (Constantinople?), Byzantine, 11th–12th century


Overall: 3.7 cm (1 7/16in.) Diameter: 7 cm (2 3/4in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silver (93.5% silver, 4.7% copper, 1.1% gold, .7% lead) with niello decoration