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Crescent Pendant (Lunnitsa) and Ring Pendants

10th century

Silver

H 5.9 cm

Village of Gnezdovo, Smolensk Region

The edges of this crescent are decorated with filigree and beading. In the centre, a group of three beads form a triangular design. The ground is decorated with granulations in zigzag, triangle and diamond design while the loop, made of three large beads, is also ornamented with granulations in triangles and diamonds.

The granulation technique was widely used by Russian craftsmen during the 10th century.

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