Of lunate openwork form, the ornate design with a central cross enclosed within a circle and flanked by two peacocks, their wings upraised, the crescentic elements bordered below by beaded wire and pyramidal granulation, the wire hoop along the concave edge, tapering at one end to form the earwire, looped at the other end for the hook-and-loop closure, with chased and punched decoration.
With Galerie Archeologie Borowski, Paris Private collection, France, acquired from the above on the 10 April 1996
This pair of earrings is a fine example of Byzantine openwork jewellery. Openwork jewellery is decorated with elaborate patterns in gold filigree, granulation, and wire on sheets of gold. These earrings may have been an engagement or a wedding gift intended to ward off the evil eye.
For a discussion of the type, see L. Wamser et al., Die Welt von Byzanz - Europas Östliches Erbe, Munich, 2004, p.320-323; cat. nos.607-609. For a similar example with peacocks see, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. BZ.1952.13.1–2 (currently on loan to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.