In the Museum’s collection is an exquisite sixth-to-eighth-century necklace comprising an openwork gold pendant hanging from a chain of openwork gold links, all adorned with emerald stones. The oval pendant frames an agate intaglio carving bearing a design of a standing winged figure with a halo, holding a staff. Our distinctive necklace is based on the original.
18K gold overlay. Glass and hand-carved resin. Lobster claw closure. Pendant: 1 1/4''L; chain: 18''L.
- 18K gold overlay
- Glass and hand-carved resin
- Lobster claw closure
- Pendant: 1 1/4''L; chain: 18''L
Art HistoryThe luxurious jewelry produced in the early Byzantine era demonstrated the wealth and prosperity enjoyed by many. Jewelry often advertised one’s status. Pieces were thought to ward off evil and bring good fortune through the protective properties of their precious stones and Christian imagery. Openwork, or opus interrasile was a popular Byzantine technique used by goldsmiths to make elegant jewelry from the 200s to the 600s.