Antique / antiquity Byzantine chain necklace and cross pendant. Made from silver. Made circa 7th - 9th century.
Measurements: approximately length of chain when doubled up to and not including the pendant is 12 1/4 inches (31cm). Length of the chain is therefore about 24 1/2 inches. The pendant, including the bale is a little over an inch long (a little under 3cm). Total weight is 24.3 grams.
Silver broad-link chain necklace. As can be expected of about 1300 years old, the links are not entirely homogenous. Some ofthe links are 'doubles' with a pattern in dark and bright silver. Others have raised twisted patterns. Some are not adorned in any way. Please see enlarged pictures for details.
Marks: at least one of the links (about 3 up from the bale), has a strange impression that looks almost like hieroglyphics. Whether this is a form of script or the result of time wearing away the silver is unknown. THe silver was acid tested and while we do not know the metal purity, it tested as silver.
Condition: considering the age of this necklace, it is in good condition with wear commensurte with age. Please see enlarged photos for details. Do not hesitate to ask questions, which we will do our best to answer.
There is a simple clasp on one of the links. The clasp is stiff and we did not open it in fear of damaging the necklace. The necklace is big enough to go over most people's heads.
The bale is an integral part of the cross / crucifix and not a seperate link. The front shows the ( Corpus Christi )Body of Christ, as is often the case during this period, with very large hands. Folds in his robe and a halo around his head. A border of black within the actual border edge.
The back has a similar black border and a smaller cross, echoing the shape of the pendant, in the center.
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