One of my favorite pieces Ive ever handled, these Ottonian Period hoops are the ultimate accessory for a revivalist jewelry wardrobe. With elements of Roman and Etruscan techniques as well as a distinctive Byzantine Period wirework, these earrings are simply museum quality. Exceedingly hard to find, Ottonian Period pieces are exemplary of the Romanesque Revival that Dynasty sought to embrace. Though created in the 10th century, these outstanding earrings are meant to appear as achealogical finds from the 5th or 6th century BCE. As many of us know, the 18th and 19th centuries saw extensive revivals of these same periods, however I kept these exceptional earrings as specimen examples of the undying fancy for revival ingrained in the cultural art of adornment. I will be very sad to see these treasures leave, but I am excited for them to join a world class collection.
Materials and Features:
At least 18ct gold, garnet
Circa 10th century, possibly produced in Instanbul and imported to Germany, exact origin unknown
Weight: 13.45 grams, about 6.7 grams each
Dimensions: 39mm long without hooks, 47mm long with hooks
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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18ct Ottonian Period Braided Garnet Hoop Earrings