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Seller: Top-Rated Seller addy113 (3,704) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382963143688 ORIGINAL STUNNING c. 1100-1400 BYZANTINE SILVER STAINED GLASS BRACELET 600-900 YEARS OLD SEE LARGER EXAMPLE IN MY OTHER AUCTION ORIGINAL (NOT a reproduction!) Byzantine glass silver-stained bracelet, dated 1100–1400. 6 cm diameter x .8 cm thick. VERY RARE IN COMMERCE. Purchased c. 1982 at Sotheby's Park-Bernet and on storage since but sold without provenance. May be returned for any reasonSee an example at the"In the middle Byzantine period, Byzantine glass-makers adopted silver-staining techniques from the Arab world. Silver-stained glass is created by applying a metallic compound, mixed with a "carrier" of clay or ochre to the surface of the glass object, then the glass is fired below the softening point of the glass. This process results in the breakdown of the smeared compound and its transition into the body of the glass object, creating a "stained" effect. Depending on the makeup of the compound and the "carrier" this process can lead to a wide array of colors. While the Arabs began creating silver-stained glass objects in the late eighth century in Egypt, the first Byzantine silver-stained object has been dated to the ninth century. The most common items featuring Byzantine silver-stain are simple glass bracelets, dating from the tenth to thirteenth centuries, and being discovered across the Byzantine world, from Greece to Anatolia. The most famous example of Byzantine silver-staining is the interior inscription of the beautiful San Marco bowl, dated to the "Macedonian Renaissance" of the tenth century. Several fragments of silver-stained window glass have been discovered. Although silver staining was practiced by the Byzantines, silver-stained works were not as ubiquitous in Byzantium as they were to become in late Medieval Europe. However, the widespread use of silver-staining in Byzantium could in part explain the transmission of silver-stain technique from the Arab world to Western Europe." Material: Glass, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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