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Byzantine, Eastern Mediterranean, Gold Earrings, 6th - 7th Century A.D.
Jewelry with these flat backed disk like pellet globules was popular across the Byzantine empire and with the barbarian tribes to the north. Examples have been found from Sicily to Hungary and Northern Bulgaria. Most or all of this jewelry was probably made in the Eastern Mediterranean, possibly in Syria. Examples have been found with coins from Tiberius II (578 - 582) to Heraclius (610- 641).AS34486. Earrings; cf. Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Volume II, 85; 2.9 cm (1 1/8") long, 4.597 grams, Superb, pair of loop earrings each with two single globules and a central large multi formed globuled drop pendant; complete, intact and wearable; SOLD
First Bulgarian Empire, Peter I, 927 - 969 A.D., Lead Bulla Seal
This seal was reportedly found together with a hoard of Romanus I, Constantine II and Romanus II solidi, some of which are now available for sale in our Byzantine Gold section. The seal may have once tied a leather bag containing the coins; perhaps a Bulgarian imperial payment.
Peter was the son of Simeon the Great 893 - 927, architect of the Golden Age for the Bulgarian Empire. In 927 the Bulgarians and the Byzantines signed apeace treaty which recognized Peter's Imperial title, the borders and the Bulgarian Patriarchate. In addition, Peter married Maria Lecapene, renamed Eirene (Peace) for the event.
An inferior example (with a finder's cut defacing Peter) was estimated $1000 and sold for $650 plus fees in Triton XI, 2008.SH33751. Lead bulla (tag seal), gVF, weight 18.524 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + IhSuS XPI[...]+, facing bust of Christ, holding book of Gospels in left hand, cross behind head; reverse blundered legend naming Peter, facing busts of Peter, wearing chlamys, and his wife, Eirine (Maria) Lecapene, wearing loros, both crowned, holding patriarchal cross between them; well formed seal, nice round thick flan, attractive buff-grey patina; SOLD
Late Roman - Early Byzantine, Antioch, Syria, Terracotta Oil Lamp, 5th - 6th Century A.D.
The Warschaw Collection (Israel Museum, Jerusalem) lamp referenced has a male head and is a different shape but, like or lamp, the back of the head is on the reverse of the handle. In addition, the Warschaw lamp has the same type of decoration on the base. The two lamps are perhaps from the same Antiochian workshop.
Describing a similar lamp, the Nakayama Collection website notes, "It is said, but not proven, that it depicts the face of the Virgin Mary."AL34531. High-handle oil lamp; cf. Anawati C270, Warschaw 474 (male head), Choice, 10.8 cm (4 1/4") long; red clay with white slip, mold made, high handle decorated with facing female head wearing earrings, back of head with long hair on the reverse side of the handle, bottom ornamented with four pellets in circles; SOLD