Byzantine Silver Earrings

Peacock design

MK 000116
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This beautiful pair of earrings is a copy of the original gold earrings, sculpted in hand, that are kept at the Monastery of Kykkos. We created the earrings, inspired by the Byzantine art in Cyprus during the Early Christian - Early Byzantine period (4th - 7th century A.D.). A cross at the center of each earring and two facing peacocks are depicted. A piece of jewellery made of solid silver 925°, for the admirers of the Byzantine era.

Dimensions: 4 cm x 4,5 cm x 1,5 mm

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The original pair of golden earrings is from the Royal Monastery of Kykkos in Cyprus. The Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos, is one of the wealthiest and best-known monasteries in Cyprus.

Cyprus developed and preserved for thousands of years its own culture. At the crossroads of three continents and at the meeting point of great civilizations, the island absorbed different influences, but nevertheless remaining a centre of Hellenic culture and retaining definitively its greek character.

During the Early Christian - Early Byzantine Period (4th-7th centuries AD), the Church of Cyprus managed to assure its autocephaly and to develop significant activity. The artifacts of silversmiths are evidence of the very high degree of culture, which the island achieved during this era.

Byzantine art is mainly ecclesiastical art, which was born after the recognition of Christianity as an official religion of the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great and the transfer of the capital of the empire to Constantinople, in 330 A.D.. The main characteristics of Byzantine Art are interiority, symbolism and transcendence. Symbols as the peacocks, which are used in this particular jewel, are very common in this era and they are used by the artist to depict the natural world, projecting mainly their spiritual substance.

4th - 7th century A.D.
Dimensions (WxHxD):
4 cm x 4,5 cm
Gross Weight:
201 gr
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
17 gr

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