**Originally Listed At $1200**
Ancient Near East, Byzantium, ca. 11th to 12th century CE. In a word, WOW! A lovely pair of matching Byzantine glass bracelets with elaborate decoration. Each bangle is comprised of cobalt blue glass with overlapping ends to create a nice seam - and meticulously decorated with enamel circular motifs that each feature an azure blue center surrounded by sky blue/light green beaded borders. These motifs are joined in a contiguous arrangement resulting from the elegant 'beaded' border that surrounds them all and traces the curved contours of the interior motifs. Sky blue/light green slender bands line the upper and lower profiles of the bracelets as well, complementing the hues of the decorative motifs. Exquisite and quite rare to find a matching pair! Size: 2.875" in diameter (7.3 cm); interior measures 2.375" in diamter (6 cm)
Cf. a fragmentary bracelet with circles that contain crosses found in Corinth agora, inv. 7586, published in Gladys R. Davidson "The Minor Objects, Corinth," volume 12 (Princeton, 1942), cat. No. 2150, fig. 62, p. 264; as well as another fragment that features rows of circles and was found at Sardis, inv. G73.2:8234, published in Axel von Saldem, "Ancient and Byzantine Glass from Sardis" (Cambridge, MA, 1980), cat. No. 779, p. 101 & pl. 18; an intact bracelet with white painted diamonds and rectangles in the Museum Altenessen, inv. RE 031 (3) A100, published in Ulrike Riemenschneider, "Antike Glaser im Museum Altenessen (Munster, 1989), cat. No. 131, p. 44; two bracelets with stylized birds and abstract motifs in British Museum, inv. Nos. BY mu 27/1 & B phi 83-BY mu 4, published in Greek Jewellery: 6000 Years of Tradition (Athens, 1997), cat. Nos. 256 7 265, pp. 215 & 219; enamel painted bracelets with birds and rhomboid motifs in Israel Museum, Jerusalem, inv. 77.12.771, published in Maud Spaer, "Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: Beads and Other Small Objects" (Jerusalem, 2001), cat. No. 484, p. 205 & pl. 36, p. 369.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex Martin Wunsch collection, New York, New York, USA; ex-Christopher Sheppard, London, England; ex-private German collection, acquired in the 1980s
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Nicks/chips to upper and lower peripheries. A few divots and abraded areas. Otherwise excellent - as well as presenting striking coloration and decorative patterns. Collection label on interior of one.