The intention of the Byzantine court (at Constantinople, the new seat of imperial power) to maintain Roman supremacy in the field of the arts was forced to give way to a style more closely related to that of the Middle East.
Typically Byzantine were the half-moon-shaped earrings that were in wide use up through the 12th century.
Byzantine gold earring with enameled bird, 12th century; in the British Museum, London.
In design the jewelry of southern Morocco shows curious analogies to Byzantine jewelry-heavy silver plaques decorated with niello or cabochons that serve as diadems or headbands.
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