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Ancient Byzantine Silver Gilt Bracelet, 10th AD-12th AD

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Start price: $250

Estimated price: $500 - $750

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Fine and rare silver torque bracelet constructed of heavy silver wires braided together. Terminating into flat, solid triangular tab ends, each decorated with a pattern of raised balls or studs and rope work edging. Size diameter: 3".

Adornment in ancient cultures were always of great importance. Citizens would go to great lengths to acquire the latest fashion in clothing, hairstyles, and jewelry. Ancient men, women, and children of all social classes wore jewelry, some of it quite elaborate and some very simple. It was viewed both as adornment and as visible evidence of wealth and social status. For a similar bracelet, see Museum of Byzantine Culture Thessalonika, Book 32, Catalog #257

ex-New York, New York collection, ex-A. T. collection, Munich, acquired 1985.

Condition: Fine patina throughout, overall intact.