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Early Christian Art

The earliest Christian art bears strong resemblance to earlier traditions in iconography and technique. Following the legalization of Christianity by the emperor Constantine the Great in 313, however, Christian patrons began commissioning more ostentatious works with explicitly Christian scenes.

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Segment of a Vine Scroll Arch

Early Byzantine
later 5th to 6th Century
limestone
BZ.1935.12

Floor Mosaic with Bust of Apolausis ("Enjoyment")

Early Byzantine
Late 4th-early 5th century
mosaic on mortar
BZ.1938.72

Floor Mosaic with Trellis Pattern (Green Carpet)

Early Byzantine
5th century
mosaic
BZ.1938.75.b

Steelyard Rod inscribed "of Pantaleon" in Greek

Early Byzantine
5th century
bronze
BZ.1940.18.1

Semi-Circular Collar for Steelyard

Early Byzantine
5th century
bronze
BZ.1940.18.2

Weight in the Form of a Bust of a Byzantine Empress

Early Byzantine
5th century
bronze
BZ.1940.18.3

Weight in the Form of a Bust of a Byzantine Empress

Early Byzantine
5th century
bronze
BZ.1940.18.4

Silver Ewer

Early Byzantine
4th century
silver
BZ.1940.24

Segment of a Vine Scroll Arch

Early Byzantine
later 5th to 6th Century
limestone
BZ.1940.59

Keystone with Dionysos

Early Byzantine
later 5th to 6th Century
limestone
BZ.1940.60

Return of Dionysos

Early Byzantine
later 5th to 6th Century
limestone
BZ.1943.6

Medicine Box with Dionysos, Maenad, and Satyr, and Tyche on Lid

Early Byzantine
Second Half of 4th - 5th Century
ivory
BZ.1947.8

One ounce Weight with Busts of Two Emperors

Roman
late 4th-5th Century
bronze with silver inlays
BZ.1950.14

Christ Blessing the Loaves and Fishes

Late Roman
ca. 320-340
marble
BZ.1959.3

Coin Weight with Three Imperial Busts

Early Byzantine
ca.403-408
bronze
BZ.1960.88.5608

Griffin's Head Lamp

Early Byzantine
4th-5th century
bronze
BZ.1962.15

Ring with the Bust of a Lady

Roman
Early 4th Century
rock crystal
BZ.1963.6

Circular Pendant with Double Solidus of Constantine I

Early Byzantine
Medallion: 324; Pendant: ca. 370-390
gold
BZ.1970.37.1&2

Bracelet with Jewelled Clasp

Early Byzantine
Second half 4th Century (possibly 360-80)
gold and gems
BZ.1975.1

Hexagonal Pendant with Double Solidus of Constantine I

Early Byzantine
Medallion: 321; Pendant: ca. 370-390
gold
BZ.1975.6.1-2

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