An incredible matching pair of half-moon solid gold earrings from the Byzantine Empire. The earrings feature detailed scroll patterning in gold. Additionally, each earring depicts a pair of doves flanking a central cross in a wreath, with five beads of gold to the edge as added embellishment. Details such as feathers on the doves, and geometric designs, have been rendered through the opus interrasile technique. The earrings are fitted with a large gold wire hook to allow for wear.
Date: Circa 9th Century AD