Ancient Near East, Constantinople, Byzantine Empire, ca. 10th to 13th century CE. A fine pair of matching bangles formed from several thick silver wires which are braided together in a rough, three-sided presentation. The terminal of each bracelet is capped with a cylindrical sleeve with an attached locking bulb on one end and an ovoid loop on the other. The small loop is inserted into the locking bulb and secured with a small pin. Covered in lustrous green and brown patina, this is a wonderful and wearable set of ancient silver jewelry! Size (bracelet): 2.875" Diameter (7.3 cm); size (wrist opening): 2.25" H (5.7 cm); quality of silver: 90%; total weight: 94.8 grams.
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Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger Auction 277-280 - Ancient Objects, Coins, and Medals (February 8-11, 2012, lot 1214); ex-private Bavarian collection
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Wearable as shown. Locking pin not functional on one bracelet. Small nicks to locking bulb, pin, and bracelet bodies, with slight bending to overall forms, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and great green and brown patina throughout.