'Intelligible Beauty': Recent Research on Byzantine Jewellery [Paperback]

Chris Entwistle (Editor); Noel Adams (Author)

ISBN: 9780861591787 | Published by: British Museum Press | Series: British Museum Research Publication | Volume: 178 | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 250p, of text, 400 col and half-tone illus, plus line drawings

'Intelligible Beauty'


The field of Byzantine jewellery (4th-15th centuries) is a rapidly expanding one and a large amount of important research has been conducted within the last ten years, both by scholars on the continent and in America. The intention of the conference, and subsequently the volume, is to draw together the many strands involved in this research and to publish them in accessible form. This volume represents a rare opportunity to make this crucial work available to a much wider specialist and non-specialist audience in Britain (and beyond). In particular the topics to be addressed by foreign speakers are either not well-known in Britain or are published in largely inaccessible journals. Chris Entwistle has been the curator of the Late Roman and Byzantine Collections at the British Museum since 1985. Dr Nöel Adams is an independent scholar who has published widely on the metalwork and jewellery of the Early Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

1. The Six Techniques of Pierced Jewellery in Late Antiquity and their Evolution (Bálint Lászlo Toth)
2. Some Unconventional Early Byzantine Rings (Jeffrey Spier)
3. Notes on Selected Recent Acquisitions of Byzantine Jewellery at the British Museum (Chris Entwhistle)
4. The Evidence for Jewellery Production in Constantinople in the Early Byzantine Period (Yvonne Stolz)
5. Important Bracelets in Early Christian and Byzantine Art (Aimilia Yeroulanou)
6. Byzantine Jewellery? Amethyst Beads in East and West during the Early Byzantine Period (Jörg Drauschke)
7. Byzantine Belt Ornaments of the 7th and 8th Centuries in Avar Contexts (Falko Daim)
8. Byzantine Influences on Visigothic Jewellery (Barry Ager)
9. Rethinking the Sutton Hoo Shoulder Clasps and Armour (Noël Adams)
10. Byzantines, Goths and Lombards in Italy: Jewellery, Dress and Cultural Interactions (Neil Christie)
11. Sicily and Southern Italy: Use and Production in the Byzantine Koiné (Isabella Baldini Lippolis)
12. Byzantine Dress Accessories in North Africa: Koiné and Regionality (Christoph Eger)
13. Avar Goldsmiths’ Work from the Perspective of Cultural History (Csanád Bálint)
14. Byzantium and the Slavs in the Light of Goldsmiths’ Production (Bartlomiej Szymon Szmoniewski)
15. Byzantine Jewellery of the Hungarian Conquest Period: A View from the Balkans (Ádám Bollók)
16. Byzantine Jewellery: The Evidence from Byzantine Legal Documents (Maria G. Pagani)
17. Elegance over the Borders: The Evidence of Middle Byzantine Earrings (Jenny Albani)
18. ‘Temple Pendants’ in Medieval Rus’: How were they Worn? (Natalija Ristovska)
19. Jewellery from Princely Kiev and Byzantine Influence (Ljudmila Pekarska)
20. A 13th-Century Jewellery Hoard from Thessalonica: A Genuine Hoard or an Art Dealers’ Compilation (Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie)
21. Some Aspects of the Finger-Rings in the Chalcis Treasure at the British Museum (Bet McLeod)

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