Byzantine Antique Gold Beaded Earrings

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Byzantine Antique Gold Beaded Earrings
These elegant earrings made of antique gold finished bronze are reproduced from a pair found in a hoard of Byzantine jewelry discovered in the early 20th century near the city of Asyut in central Egypt. They feature a beaded design around the edges and have French ear wires.
The origins of the great civilization known as the Byzantine Empire can be traced to 330 A.D., when the Roman emperor Constantine I dedicated a “new Rome” on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium.
Infused with an old world sensibility, they are evocative of costume and jewelry designs seen in the Met’s brilliant production of Georges Bizet’s, Les Pêcheurs de Perles.

  • Byzantine Empire, 330 A.D., Reproduction of original design
  • From the collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Bronze
  • Antique gold finish
  • Surgical steel French ear wires
  • Gift box included

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles

French composer, Georges Bizet (1838–1875) was known as a brilliant student and prodigy, but his works only found lasting success after his untimely death. Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) was one as was his final opera, Carmen.

Few operas can match the sheer lyric beauty of Bizet’s youthful work. Its somewhat formulaic plot becomes insignificant alongside the accomplishment of the score and the tantalizing musical vision of a distant land that it provides.

It originally takes place in Ceylon, modern Sri Lanka, in non-historic “ancient times,” signifying an exotic setting with a mythical and romantic aura. The Met’s production in its 2018/2019 season set the action in an unspecified locale in the Far East.

The most famous moment in the work comes with the justly celebrated duet between the tenor and baritone, the ravishing “Au fond du temple saint” in Act I.

Critics at the time of its first presentation were not in favor of the opera. The composer was accused, bafflingly, of imitating both Verdi and Wagner, but the audience was swept up in the ravishing score tinged with the allure of a mythical, South Asian sensibility.

Les Pêcheurs de Perles made its world premiere at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 1863.







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