An exquisite penannular Byzantine bangle, decorated in its centre with a vertical frieze of plated gold and granulation, forming triangular shapes and flanked with granulated Greek crosses. Both of its terminals are enriched with beautiful deep-red garnet insets.
With Christian religion becoming the primary religion across the Byzantine Empire, Christian iconography became an extremely popular decorative motif displayed on many smaller decorative items and wares. Crosses were the first Christian imaginary to appear on earrings, rings and necklaces, while depiction of saints, angels and the Virgin appeared around the 6th century AD.
Date: Circa 6th century AD
Provenance: From the property of a London gentleman; formerly in an important collection of Christian art, acquired after 1970.