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Gold 'perikarpia'
Pair of enamelled gold 'perikarpia' (bracelets), 9th to 10th century, Thessaloniki, Exhibition of Christian Antiquities in the White Tower.

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Gold 'perikarpia'
9th to 10th century

Very few precious minor works of art have survived in Macedonia. A hoard of gold jewellery of the 9th to 10th century found in Thessalonike includes a pair of 'perikarpia'-, a special ornament worn exclusively by the ladies of the imperial court around their wrists. The 'perikarpia'- are decorated with little enamelled plaques.

The technique of carving ivory and steatite (a soft green stone) appeared in Byzantium in the 10th century. Some miniature icons of ivory or steatite are housed in the monasteries of Mount Athos, while crosses made of steatite have been found in excavations in other parts of Macedonia

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History - Middle Byzantine period (867-1204)


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