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Byzantine Gold and Garnet Inlaid Solar Sword Pommel Cap. Able To Wear As Pendant


Description: A Byzantine sword pommel cap made from sheet gold with repoussé cells, to form a solar design made of a central roundel and inverted triangles filled with an inset garnet cloison. The cap was pierced in two places for attachment.

A pommel was an enlarged fitting found on swords and was originally designed to stop the sword slipping from the owner’s hand.

Modern 9ct Gold chain is for display only

Condition: Very fine condition

Provenance: Property of a London gentleman; acquired from a major Mayfair gallery; acquired on the London art market before 2000


Date: c. 5th – 6th century A.D.

Region: Byzantine

Material: Gold

Size: D: 2.4cm

Weight: 3.1g

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