Byzantine ‘Anonymous Bronze’ Swivel Pendant with Silver Frame

GBP 195.00

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Object Description

A fine Byzantine bronze follis pendant featuring an ‘Anonymous Bronze’ coin set in a modern silver frame. The pendant comprises of a hollow-formed U-shaped hoop which twists at the top into a small loop and expands at the sides into two enlarged terminals, pierced to accommodate a separate silver bar for the swivel. The hoop is enriched by four equally spaced bands of twisted silver wire and holds an additional suspension loop at the top. The front of the pendant features the coin’s obverse, which depicts the bust of Christ holding the book of gospels. A nimbate cross is set behind his head, displaying an x-and-dots motif to each limb. Part of the original inscription reading [+EMMANOV]HA is still visible around the top edge of the coin. The letters [IC]-XC are set in the field at either side of the bust to indicate the mint. The reverse reads the legend [+Ih]SUS [X]RISTUS [b]ASILEU [b]ASILE, arranged in four lines and adorned by a flower ornamentation at the base. Written in Roman alphabet, the Greek inscription translates as ‘Jesus Christ, King of Kings’.

Please note, the chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: AD 976-1028

Object Condition

Fine condition, suitable for modern wear.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:4.2 x H:4.4 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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