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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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Paten with the Communion of the Apostles

Early Byzantine
6th century
silver, gilding and niello
BZ.1924.5

Necklace with Pendant of Aphrodite Anadyomene

Early Byzantine
early 7th century
gold and lapis lazuli
BZ.1928.6

Hanging with Hestia Polyolbus

Early Byzantine
6th century (?)
wool
BZ.1929.1

"Hero and Lion" Silk

Early Byzantine
7th century - 9th century
silk
BZ.1934.1

Upper Part of a Grave Stela with a Deacon-Monk

Early Byzantine
6th century - 7th century
limestone
BZ.1935.11

Diptych of Philoxenus

Early Byzantine
525 CE
ivory
BZ.1935.4

Pyxis with Moses Receiving the Law and Daniel in the Lions' Den

Early Byzantine
end of 5th century - 6th century
ivory and polychromy
BZ.1936.22

Flabellum

Early Byzantine
565 - 578
silver and gilding
BZ.1936.23

Chalice with Scenes of the Adoration of the Cross

Early Byzantine
late 6th century - early 7th century
glass
BZ.1937.21

Marriage Belt

Early Byzantine
late 6th century - early 7th century
gold
BZ.1937.33

Fragment of Chancel Barrier with Holy Sepulcher

Early Byzantine
late 6th century - 7th century
marble
BZ.1938.56

Armband with Coins of Phokas and Maurice Tiberius

Early Byzantine
first half of the 7th century
gold
BZ.1938.64

Lampstand or Candlestick

Early Byzantine
602 - 610 (stamps of Phocas)
silver
BZ.1938.83

Cross between Antelope

Early Byzantine
ca. 600 CE
limestone
BZ.1940.61

Bowl with Hunting Scene

Early Byzantine
5th century
silver
BZ.1947.12

Octagonal Marriage Ring with Holy Site Scenes

Early Byzantine
7th century
gold with niello
BZ.1947.15

Laus Crucis

Early Byzantine
6th century - 7th century
agate
BZ.1947.21

Plate with Silenus

Early Byzantine
527-565
silver
BZ.1951.20

The Nativity

Early Byzantine
end of 7th century - 8th century
ivory
BZ.1951.30

Enkolpion with Enthroned Virgin, Nativity, Adoration and Baptism

Early Byzantine
last quarter of the 6th century (ca. 583?)
gold
BZ.1955.10.1

Processional Cross

Early Byzantine
6th century - early 7th century
silver
BZ.1955.17

Chalice

Early Byzantine
ca. 527 - 565
silver and niello
BZ.1955.18

Reliquary of St. Zacharias

Early Byzantine
6th century
gold and gems
BZ.1957.53

Pendant Cross with Birds and Zoe-Phos

Early Byzantine
late 6th century
filigree enamel on gold
BZ.1958.40

Paten with Christogram and Repousse Border

Early Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver, gilding and niello
BZ.1963.36.1

Revetment for Altar Table

Early Byzantine
6th century
silver
BZ.1963.36.11

Paten with Cross and Inscription

Early Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver, gilding and niello
BZ.1963.36.2

Paten with Cross

Early Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver, gilding and niello
BZ.1963.36.3

Hexagonal Censer with Christ, Peter and Paul

Early Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver
BZ.1965.1.5

Crescent Earring with Birds

Early Byzantine
6th century - 7th century
gold
BZ.1965.15

Bowl with Dionysiac Procession

Early Byzantine
5th century
silver
BZ.1947.13

Pilgrim's Ampulla with (Symbolic) Crucifixion and Marys at the Tomb

Early Byzantine
6th century - early 7th century
lead
BZ.1948.18

Plate with Cross and Greek Inscription "Hope of God"

Early Byzantine
7th century
silver and niello
BZ.1951.23

Plate with Cross and Greek Inscription "Honor of God"

Early Byzantine
ca. 610
silver and niello
BZ.1951.31

Book Cover with a Cross Flanked by Cypress Trees

Early Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver and gilding
BZ.1963.36.10

Book Cover with a Cross Flanked by Cypress Trees

Early Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver and gilding
BZ.1963.36.9

Pair of Crescent-Shaped Earrings

Early Byzantine
late 6th century - 7th century
gold
BZ.1952.13.1-2

Marriage Ring Inscribed with Couple's Names

Early Byzantine
late 4th century - 5th century
gold
BZ.1947.18

Rooster Lamp

Early Byzantine
5th century - 6th century
bronze
BZ.1964.4

Necklace with Pearls, Sapphires, and Plasma

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.10

Two Decorative Pins Connected by a Chain

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.11

Pair of Earrings with Pearls, Emeralds, and Sapphires

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.12.a-b

Pair of Earrings with Pearls and Garnets

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.13.a-b

Earring with Pearl, Ruby, and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.14

Earring with Ruby and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.15

Earring with Emerald and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.16

Earring with Pearl, Emerald, and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.17

Necklace with Pearls, Sapphires, and Emerald Plasma

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.8

Necklace with Pearls, Emerald Plasma, and Sapphires

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.9

Pair of Earrings with Pearls, Sapphires, and Gold Globules

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1952.7.1-2

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