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Dress Ornament
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Dress Ornament

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Description This intricate gold ornament was designed to be sewn to a woman's dress or headcover. The eagle with spread wings is a recurring Byzantine image, while the peacocks at the top represent eternal life.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Paul Gruel, Paris, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] + Θεωτόκη βοέθι τῖ φορούσα [+ Θεοτόκε, βοήθη τῆ φορούσα]; [Translation] + Mother of God, help the woman who wears this
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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6th-7th century (Late Antique)
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H: 4 3/4 x W: 1 9/16 x D: 1/16 in. (12 x 4 x .02 cm)

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