Title: Bracelet
Date: 4th century
Culture: Roman
Period: Late Imperial period
300–330
Culture: or Byzantine
Period: Early Byzantine period
330–610
Medium: gold
Dimensions:
1 5/16 x 4 1/8 in. (3.4 x 10.5 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 54:1924
Place excavated: Tartous, Syria
Current Location: On View, Gallery 208
Notes:
Originally part of a set (with a matching bracelet and bell, now in Berlin), this bracelet likely functioned as a betrothal or bridal gift to a woman of high social standing. The central section contains a Greek inscription that reads: “Pretty one, wear [it] in good health.” This intricate bracelet serves as a splendid example of the extraordinary craftsmanship of Byzantine artisans and their use of an open metalwork technique known as opus interrasile.
Provenance
by 1913 -
Private Collection [1]

by 1922 - 1924
Kouchakji Frères, New York, NY, USA, purchased from private collection [2]

1924 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Kouchakji Frères [3]


Notes:
[1] A letter dated January 4, 1922, from the dealer Kouchakji Frères indicates that the bracelet was excavated by 1913 from Tartous, Mount Lebanon, Syria. The excavator kept the bracelet in his collection until his death, after which Kouchakji Frères purchased it from the excavator's heirs [SLAM document files].

[2] See note [1].

[3] Invoice, dated May 19, 1924 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, June 4, 1924.
Exhibition History
Title: Gold Jewelry: Craft, Style and Meaning from Mycenae to Constantinopolis
Date: February 24 - April 3, 1983
Venue: Rhode Island School of Design
Title: Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century
Date: November 19, 1977 - February 12, 1978
Venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: Forty Masterpieces from the Collections of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Date: October 1947
Venue: City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Title: Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Date: April 25 - June 22, 1947
Venue: The Baltimore Museum of Art
Title: Miniatures in Art
Date: March 13 - June 24, 1984
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The Art Museum's Ancient Jewels
Author: Elleard B. Heffern
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century
Editor: Kurt Weitzmann
Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Title: Gold Jewelry: Craft, Style and Meaning from Mycenae to Constantinopolis
Editor: Tony Hackens
Editor: Rolf Winkes
Title: An Antique Gold Bracelet in Opus Interrasile
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Author: Gustavus A. Eisen
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Lucky Wearers: A ring in Boston and a Greek Epigraphic Tradition of Late Roman and Byzantine Times
Periodical Title: Journal of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
Author: Annewies van den Hoek
Author: Denis Feissel
Author: John J. Herrmann
Title: Schmuckarbeiten in Edelmetall
Periodical Title: Staatliche Museen, Antiken Abteilung
Author: Adolf Greifenhagen
Title: Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at The Baltimore Museum of Art
Author: Walters Art Museum
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Important Bracelets in Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Periodical Title: Intelligible Beauty. Recent Research on Byzantine Jewellery
Year Published: 2010
Title: Forty Masterpieces from the Collections of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Author: Perry T. Rathbone
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Les bracelets de luxe romains et byzantins du IIº au VIº siècle: Étude de la forme et de la structure
Periodical Title: Cahiers archeologiques; fin de l'antiquite et Moyenage
Author: Claude Lepage
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Early Christian Art
Year Published: 1962
Title: List of Accessions
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Diatrita. Gold pierced-work jewellery from the 3rd to the 7th century
Year Published: 1999
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