Gold filigree with cloisonné enamel
Average: 2.3 x 2.6 cm (7/8 x 1 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1946.493
Small gold cells were created to hold enamel paste of different colors; when fired, they harden and appear jewel-like.
The Byzantine lady who wore this earring may also have woven similar ornaments into her hair. Those who could afford it adorned not only their body but also their clothing with glittering jewels and shimmering gold.
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