Three gilt Kievan Rus' silver pendants with pictorial representations, 12th - 13th century
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DescriptionThree similarly shaped, round silver pendants: the centres curved from behind by chasing. The rim flat, bordered on the inside and outside by beaded wire. Short beaded wires running perpendicular to the beaded wire circles and radiating outwards, dividing the rim into four (twice) or six segments. At the upper rim in each case a hollow spherical eyelet: pierced at the sides and the openings surrounded with beaded wire, a vertical beaded wire likewise around the centre of the sphere. The decorative panels in the centre repeat the same motif twice: an orthodox cross from which an S-shaped tendril rises at the base on the left and right, from which curved branches extend laterally. The outlines of the cross and tendril are distinctively highlighted with dark niello on the silver background. The third piece with a depiction of the nimbed Archangel Michael in a splendidly decorated robe, in his right hand a spear, in his left a globe. The gilded figure stands out clearly against the dark nielloed background. Fine incised decoration reproducing anatomical details and patterns on his clothing and belt.
Surface with traces of cleaning. Oxide deposits partly preserved in the ridges between beaded wires and fields.
Diameter without eyelet 6.2 cm each, diameter with eyelet 7.8 - 8.0 cm. Weight 21.02, 18.41 and 18.20 g.
Provenance: Southern German private collection.
Condition: II + Questions about the lot?