EARLY MEDIEVAL:
BYZANTINE, BULGARIAN, KHAZARIAN
 AND SLAVIC 
jewelry  

 

 

N51   BRONZE AND GLASS NECKLACE
          VII-IX
century A.D.
Terminations composed of mosaic and mosaic cane glass beads with dark/light green background and yellow eyes with red border. The middle portion consists of two strands of  mosaic cane beads of several varieties, interspaced with gold foil glass beads (inner circle with segmented, outer circle with singles) and bronze rattle bell for each side. Horizontal bronze divider with three loops on the back. Each termination of the divider is decorated with engraved lines. Three vertical bead strands comprised of mosaic cane glass beads, gold-foil segmented beads and bronze rattle bells at the ends. All parts of this necklace belong to the same culture and time period. Several beads have minor chips, otherwise intact. L. 19.3" (49 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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N58   BRONZE AND GLASS NECKLACE
          VII-IX
century A.D.
Terminations composed of mosaic and mosaic cane glass beads with dark/light green background and yellow eyes with red border. The middle portion consists of two strands of  mosaic cane beads, interspaced with gold foil glass beads. Horizontal bronze divider with three loops on the back. Each termination of the divider is decorated with engraved lines. Three vertical bead strands comprised of mosaic cane glass beads, gold-foil beads and bronze rattle bells at the ends. All parts of this necklace belong to the same culture and time period. Several beads have minor chips, otherwise intact. L.
17.3" (44 cm).
For beads of this type see: Kovalevskaya V. Komp'yuternaya obrabotka massovogo archaeologicheskogo materiala is rannesrednevekovih pamyatnikov Evrasii, Moscow, 2000, p.93 # 225, 254; Poulik J. Staroslovanska Morava.Praha, 1948, tabl.XXXIX, 2, c.59; Stein, Khotan, 30072; Arbman H, Birka. Die Gräber. Uppsala, 1940,  122, 7 c-14 c
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N59   SILVER AND GLASS NECKLACE
          VII-IX
century A.D.
Composed of eighteen
flattened tear-drop monochrome blue glass beads, interspaced with near-globular glass beads of the same color. Central pendant with flattened tear-drop blue glass bead set in silver frame with beaded wire perimeter and terminated by ribbed suspension loop. All parts of this necklace belong to the same culture and time period. Several beads have minor chips and cracks, otherwise intact. L. 18.1" (46 cm).
For beads of this type see: Kovalevskaya V. Komp'yuternaya obrabotka massovogo archaeologicheskogo materiala is rannesrednevekovih pamyatnikov Evrasii, Moscow, 2000, p.26 # 127, 129-131; Stroh A. Die Reihengraber der Karolingish-ottonischen Zeit in der Oberpfalz // Materiaehefte zur Bayerischen Vorgeschichte, 4. Kallmunz, 1954, # 17,18, 23-25, 51; Eisner J., 1952, tabl.XXXIX, 24; Poulik J. Staroslovanska Morava.Praha, 1948, tabl.XXXIX, 25-29.
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80   BYZANTINE GOLD AND CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL INLAY
       XI-XII c. A.D.
       Constantinople
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ectangular thick gold plate with walled perimeter, embellished with a pattern of crosses in cloisonné enamel, central ones in red, peripherals in blue. 18mm. 
The meticulous craftsmanship and minute scale of the enameling ally it with a group of enameled works that may be the luxury products of a highly specialized workshop active in Constantinople during this period. For a very similar piece see: Evans H.C., Wixom W.D. The Glory of Byzantium. Metropolitan Museum, N.Y., 1997, cat. #170 .
The same inlay see:
Catalog of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in The Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Washington, D.C., 1965, vol. II, cat. # 161. 
SOLD

 

 

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129
   PAIR OF GOLD EARRINGS
         VII c. A.D. 
Round solid wire hoop with a spherical bead, bisected by a "braid" of two twisted wires. Each perforation of the bead is the center for a rosette with eight twisted wire petals and four solid wire smaller petals. Each connection point of the bead and hoop decorated with coiling wire. 28 mm. 
Similar earrings were found at territories of Avarian Khaganate: Kölked-Feketekapu cemetery: Kiss A. Das awarenzeitlich gepidesche Gräberfeld von Kölked-Feketekapu A. 1996. Innsbruck;  Tiszafüred cemetery: Garam E. Das awarenzeitliche Gräberfeld von cemetery  Tiszafüred. 1995. Budapest. 
For a similar type see: Rudolph Wolf. A golden legacy - Ancient Jewelry from the Burton Y. Berry Collection. 1995, cat. # 92. 
SOLD

 

 

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91   BYZANTINE GOLD EARRING
       X c. A.D.
       Constantinople  
The lower side of the wire hoop has two triangular-shaped projections of granulation flanking a ring for suspension; above is another ring of beaded wire crowned by a triangle of granulation. Hoop crimped with a pair of three rings of plain and beaded wire, soldered together. 1.1” (2.8 cm).

For a similar, see: Catalog of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in The Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Washington, D.C., 1965, vol. II, cat. # 132.
$ 750

 

 

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204   BYZANTINE GOLD EARRING
         end of VI-VII c. A.D. 
Solid round wire hoop with "hoop and hook" fastener. A granulated pyramid pendant  with clusters of granulation at all corners suspended from the hoop by a vertical tube. L. 37 mm. 
A similar single earring  was found at Szegvar-Sapoldal cemetery of Avarian Khaganate in  a male grave: Istvan Bona. A Szegvar-sapoldali lovassir. Adatok a korai avar temetkezesi szokhasokhoz (Das Reitergrab von Szegvar-Sapoldal. Beiträge zu den frühawarischen Bestattungssitten). ArchErt 106/1, 1979, Abb. 2-5). 
$ 500 

 

 

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741   GOLD BYZANTINE EARRING
         VII-IX c. AD.
Solid  wire tapering into hooks at both ends. A cluster of four granules  decorated with fine granulation at the junction with the hoop. L.  22 mm.
Similar earrings were found at territories of Avarian Khaganate: Kölked-Feketekapu cemetery: Kiss A. Das awarenzeitlich gepidesche Gräberfeld von Kölked-Feketekapu A. 1996. Innsbruck.
$ 175

 

 

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205   BYZANTINE GOLD EARRING
         second half of VIII c. A.D. 
Solid round wire hoop with "hoop and hook" fastener. Hollow sphere, constructed of two halves, soldered to the hoop. Pyramidal clusters of granulation at the bottom of the sphere. L. 30 mm. 
$ 350

 

 

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206   BYZANTINE GOLD EARRING
         VII c. A.D. 
Solid round wire hoop with "hoop and hook" fastener. Hollow sphere, constructed of two halves with three granules at the junction of the sphere and hoop. L. 23 mm. 
Similar earrings were found at territories of Avarian Khaganate: Kölked-Feketekapu cemetery: Kiss A. Das awarenzeitlich gepidesche Gräberfeld von Kölked-Feketekapu A. 1996. Innsbruck; cemetery Deszk G.
$ 350 

 

 

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207   BYZANTINE GOLD EARRING
         second half of VIII-IX c. A.D. 
Solid round wire hoop with "hoop and hook" fastener. Hollow sphere, constructed of two halves with ribbed suspension ring soldered to the hoop. Pyramidal clusters of granulation at the bottom of the sphere. Three ribbed rings clamped on the hoop.
L. 30 mm.   
$ 450

 

 

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740
   PAIR OF GOLD BYZANTINE EARRINGS
         VII`-IX c. A.D.
Solid wire hoop tapering at each end to form "hoop and hook" fastener. Pyramidal clusters of granulation soldered to the hoop. L.  24 mm.
For similar earrings see: Gyula Fülöp, Awarenzeitliche Fürstenfunde von Igar. AAH 40, 1988, Abb.10, 13-14.
SOLD

 

 

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743   PAIR OF GOLD BYZANTINE EARRINGS
         second half of VIII c. A.D. 
Solid round wire hoop tapering at each end to form " hoop and hook" fastener. Hollow semi-sphere, constructed of two halves, soldered to the hoop.  L. 26 mm. 
$ 500

 

 

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744   BYZANTINE GOLD EARRINGS
         VII-VIII c. A.D. 
Solid round wire hoop tapering at each end to form " hoop and hook" fastener. Axle of  pendant is a round  wire, flattened at the top to wrap around hoop and hooked at the bottom to hold a flattened tear-drop blue glass bead. Free moving ribbed ring between glass and a hoop.  L. 47 mm. 
SOLD

 

 

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101   5 GOLD BYZANTINE EARRINGS
         VI-IX c. A.D.
Solid wire hoop tapering at each end to form " hoop and hook" fastener. A pyramidal cluster of 4 granules at the bottom. Up to 25 mm.
For similar earrings see: Gyula Fülöp, Awarenzeitliche Fürstenfunde von Igar. AAH 40, 1988, Abb.10, 13-14.
SOLD

 

 

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86   PAIR OF BYZANTINE SILVER EARRINGS
       SECOND HALF OF VIII c. A.D.
Solid round wire hoop with "hoop and hook" fastener. Hollow sphere, constructed of two halves, soldered to the hoop. Pyramidal clusters of granulation at the bottom of the sphere. 
L. 1.1"(2.8 cm).
SOLD 

 

 

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398   PAIR OF SILVER EARRINGS
         X-XI c. A.D.

         Eastern Slavic ( DREGOVICHI )
Solid round wire hoop hammered flat at one end coiling to a spiral. Hollow bead covered with fine granulation, flanked by fine wrapped wire, hoop strung through. Up to 2.2 cm.
For similar earrings see: Sedov. V.V. Eastern Slavs. Nauka, Moscow, 1982, table XXIX.
$ 300 

 

 

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399   PAIR OF SILVER TEMPLE RINGS
         XI c. A.D.

         Eastern Slavic ( DREVLYANE, POLYANE ) 
Solid round wire hoop hammered flat at one end coiling to an S-shape with spiral end. Up to 2.1 cm.
For similar rings see: Sedov. V.V. Eastern Slavs. Nauka, Moscow, 1982, table XXVII.
SOLD

 

 

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400   PAIR OF SILVER EARRINGS
         X-XI c. A.D.

          Eastern Slavic ( DREGOVICHI )
Solid round wire hoop hammered flat at one end coiling to a spiral. Fine wire wrapped around the hoop.  Up to 2.2 cm.
Originally the hoop would have been strung through a silver bead  as on # 398 above.
For similar earrings see: Sedov. V.V. Eastern Slavs. Nauka, Moscow, 1982, table XXIX.
$ 175

 

 

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395   BRONZE BRACELET
        
VII - IX c. A.D.
        
KHAZARIAN  khaganate
Cast oval hoop with half-oval cross section,  flat on inside, oval outside, gradually increases towards the open ends and towards the middle with bulbous accent,
imitating stone setting. 
2.6" x 2.4"(6.5 x 6.0 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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164   BYZANTINE GOLD PENDANT
         VII c.- beginning VIII c. A.D.
A hollow pyramid: three sides, each one of them is triangular of fine arranged granulation, fourth side is a triangular sheet with a small granulated triangle at each corner. At the center of this side there is a vertical cylinder, terminated by granulated rings and granulated suspension loop. H. 20 mm. Suspension loop has a gap at the top. 
$ 1500

 

 

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90   GOLD AND SILVER CASE AMULET
       VII c. A.D.
Silver cylinder is bisected by gold beaded wire in the center and on the terminals. Terminals are set with another beaded wire around dark glass cabochons with gold collars. Geometrical applications of gold sheet with punched dots simulate granulations. Two ribbed suspension loops.
 L. 45 mm.
Simmilar case amulet were found at territories of Avarian Khaganate: Kölked-Feketekapu cemetery:  Kiss A. Das awarenzeitlich gepidesche Gräberfeld von Kölked-Feketekapu A. 1996. Innsbruck;
See:
Ross M. C. Catalog of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in The Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Washington, D.C., 1965, vol. II, cat. 179-K.
SOLD

 

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79   THREE BYZANTINE GOLD FRAGMENTS
1)
Gold bezel from a ring, Constantinople (?), first half of VI century. Oval bezel, engraved with monogram. 13 x 8 mm. 
For a similar, see: Catalog of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in The Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Washington, D.C., 1965, vol. II, cat. # 78.
2) 
Gold bezel from a ring, engraved with two Greek letters: Ρ Ε.
3)  Fragmentary gold openwork conical bead.
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736   BYZANTINE ELECTRUM AND TURQUOISE RING
         XII c. A.D. 
Engraved hoop, flat within, chamfered without, widening to flat, decorated shoulders.  The  hollow conical box-type bezel, panels engraved with zig-zag and crossed lines are bisected by four straight claws. Inlaid with turquoise cabochon. L. 22 mm, 16 x 15 mm inside.
For similar ring see: Allen Memorial Art Museum. Bulletin. Vol. XVII, Ohio, p.219, 221.
$ 850

 

 

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92   BYZANTINE SILVER RING
       VII c. A.D.
Heavy wire hoop, flattened at the ends and soldered to a round flat backing plate. Green glass inlay in high box-type setting on a larger base with plain wire perimeter, flanked by clusters of three granules on either side. L. 28 mm.
$ 175

 

 

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377
  BYZANTINE SILVER RING
        VI c. A.D.
Wire hoop, slightly flattened at the ends and soldered to a flat bezel. E
ngraved cruciform monogram enclosed in a round frame of dots. L. 26 mm, 19 x 21 mm inside.
For general shape see: Catalog of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in The Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Washington, D.C., 1965, vol. II, cat. # 179-O.
SOLD

 

 

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739   BYZANTINE SILVER RING
         XII c. A.D.
Sheet silver hoop gradually widening to an oval bezel.
E
ngraved monogram enclosed in a round frame of dots. 20 x 22 mm.
SOLD

 

 

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374
   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
         VII c. A.D.
Hoop flat within, chamfered without, widening towards an oval bezel engraved with bird's left profile enclosed in an oval frame of dots. Up to 23 mm, 17 x 17 mm inside.
SOLD

 

 

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456
   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
         VII-VIII A.D.
Hoop with rectangular cross-section, widening towards an oval flat bezel with engraved cruciform monogram. Up to 23 mm, 18 x 19 mm inside.
SOLD

 

 

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457
   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
         XI c. A.D.
Hoop with nearly rectangular cross-section, slightly rounded on outside, widening towards an oval bezel with engraved monogram. Up to 23 mm, 18 x 19 mm inside.
SOLD

 

 

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375   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
         XI c. A.D.

Hoop flat within, chamfered without, widening towards a solid, truncated cone-shaped bezel engraved with an image of dove in left profile with olive branch. Up to 25 mm, 18 x 17 mm inside.
The Christian symbol of a dove with an olive branch symbolized new life, taken from the Old and New Testament : Noah let the dove out of his Ark and it returned to him with an olive branch.
SOLD

 

 

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376   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
         IX c. A.D. 
Hoop with nearly rectangular cross-section, slightly rounded on outside, widening towards an oval bezel with engraved bird (probably peacock) in left profile and inscriptions in Greek. All engraving is gilt. Hoop is cracked, reinforced with adhesive. Up to 24 mm.
$ 375

 

 

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378
   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
         XI c. A.D.
Hoop flat within and rounded without, soldered to a large oval bezel. Both figures are nimbate, wear short military tunics, holding between them a long patriarchal cross on one step and spears in other hands. Up to 20 mm, 16 x 15 mm inside.
Probably they are two military saints: St. Demetrius and St. George.

$ 1500

 

 

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109   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
         FIRST HALF OF VI c. A.D.
Hoop with nearly rectangular cross-section,  widening towards an oval bezel with engraved “box-type” monogram. 20 mm.
For a similar type monogram, see: Catalog of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in The Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Washington, D.C., 1965, vol. II, cat. # 55.
SOLD

 

 

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93   BYZANTINE BRONZE RING
       VII c. A.D.
Thick wire hoop, soldered to an oval bezel. Three lines inscription engraved in Greek. Up to 26 mm, 31 x 18 mm inside.
$ 300

 

 

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687
   SUSPENSION CHAIN OR BELT ORNAMENTS
         XI-XII c. A.D.
The sheet-gold plaques, hammered over a matrix. Two holes (at top and bottom) for attachment. L. 30 mm. 
These ornaments would be suspended from diadem encircling the head, the log-shaped ornaments were sewn onto a leather strap for additional support. There is a thick layer of organic nature still remaining on the back.
For a similar see: Evans H.C., Wixom W.D. The Glory of Byzantium. Metropolitan Museum, N.Y., 1997, cat. 214; Bondar I.V. Orfevrerie Ancienne. Moscow, 1975.
$275

 

 

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77   SET OF ELECTRUM BELT ORNAMENTS
       SECOND HALF OF VIII-IX c. A.D.       
The set consists of 3 central tabs and 1 terminal tab, repousse with the edges bent back. 45 mm x 39 mm x 3 mm. 
 $400

 

 

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110   BULGARIAN OR KHAZARIAN BRONZE PENDANT
         SECOND HALF OF VIII - IX c. A.D.
Cast in one piece with simple suspension loop. Symmetrical composition of flora-geometrical design on both sides. 3.2 x 2.5” (8.1 x 6.4 cm).
$ 250

 

 

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99
   BRONZE CLASP WITH INSCRIPTION 
       CA. IX-XII c. A.D.
Rectangular plate with two suspension loops at the top (one is lost) and free-form edged bottom.  Finely molded floral design with three line inscription, bisected by horizontal line at the top of the plate. Decorative border with lateral lines along the perimeter. 1.25 x 1.25” (3.2 x 3.2 cm).
$ 300

 

 

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103
   BYZANTINE BRONZE BELL
         VII-IX c. A.D. 
Spherical bell bisected by relief band and molded decorations at lower half. Slit terminated by round holes. 1.8” (4.8 cm). 
$75

 

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