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Early Byzantine Art

With the deposition in 476 of Romulus Augustulus, the last western Roman emperor, Constantinople became the absolute center of Byzantium. Under certain rulers, such as Justinian I (527–565) and Herakleios (610–641), the empire enjoyed enormous prosperity, both economically and territorially. The luxurious materials and fine craftsmanship of art made in this period reflect the empire’s vast resources and the skillfulness of its artists.

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Cross-Shaped Polycandelon

Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver and niello
BZ.1965.1.1

Openwork Lamp with Openwork Inscription

Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver
BZ.1965.1.12

Sheathing for a Column

Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver
BZ.1963.36.12

Sheathing for an Acanthus Capital

Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver
BZ.1963.36.13

Circular Polycandelon

Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver, gilding and niello
BZ.1963.36.4

Sheathing for Column

Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver
BZ.1965.1.9

Flat Sheathing with Cross and Inscription

Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver
BZ.1979.4

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