Svetlana Reabţeva. On the specific features of Byzantine jewelry of VI–VII centuries

The period of VI-VII centuries is characterized by a large number of Byzantine jewelry productions, many of them are made of gold. The emergence of the Byzantine products in the barbaric environment of Central and Eastern Europe is reflects both the Byzantine imperial ambitions and spread of Christian ideas. Despite the diversity of a set of jewelry decorations, for this period is character the common of technological methods of production and ornamental, stylistic features of decoration. In VI century is formed a specific iconographic decor of many types of jewelry, it combines the features of the Hellenistic art heritage and Christian iconography. In VI–VII century’s machinery and story images become universal for various types of jewelry. The antiques of VII century are characterized by the highest number of openwork things with few options form and plots, after the middle of this century in the jewelry there are present the signs of stagnation.

Keywords: Byzantine jewelry, Constantinople, Christian ideas, openwork decorations.

Revista Arheologică, serie nouă, vol. XI, nr. 1-2, 2015, p. 117-122