Commencing in 330 AD when Constantine founds the new capital of the Roman Empire on the existing site of the ancient Greek city Byzantium.
A Byzantine Bird Applique, ca 6th - 7th century CE
RM304Regular price $300 USD
the well stylized body without design; the beak is finely rendered and the tail feathers are indicated by several small notches on the tip; the area between the body and tail is adorned with one small, semi-circular ridge; the base of the bird is slightly concave.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 1.1 cm (1/2 in), Length: 2 cm (3/4 in).
Provenance: Private Dutch collection acquired early 1970s
A Byzantine Bronze Jewelry Weight, ca. 6th - 8th century CE
RB1414Regular price $650 USD
polygonal, with fifty-one small flat sides decorated with concentric circles, the flat top and bottom each with a drilled center.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: 1 inch (2.54 cm)
Weight: 2 oz
Provenance: Paul Ilton private collection. During his lifetime, Paul Ilton was internationally known as an archaeologist, lecturer, teacher, film consultant and author, personally excavating the pieces within his collecting during his 25 years in the Holy Land. He recorded his findings in a book “The Bible was my Treasure Map” published in 1958 following his death.
A Byzantine Bronze Ring, ca. 5th century CE
RJ2108Regular price $350 USD
The flat oval bezel incised with a stylized cross pattern, with small diagonal dashes decorating the negative space.
Dimensions: US ring size 6 1/4
Condition: Intact and in very condition overall with good green-brown patination.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1970s - 80s.
A Byzantine Glass Cosmetic Container with Applicator, ca. 4th century CE
RG1417Regular price $2,500 USD
of hexagonal form, elaborately decorated, one side with large central cross and original bronze applicator fused to the bottle
Condition: small loss to the shoulder otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 275 inches (7 cm); Width: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)
Provenance: Private Texas collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent. Exhibited: Workhouse Art Center, Virginia, Glass National 2016, October, 2016- January 2017.
A Byzantine Seal Blank, ca. 10th - 11th Century CE
RB902Regular price $150 USD
In order to produce a lead seal, one first had to obtain a blank lead disk with a channel running through it such as this example. Such disks, either completely flat or with a raised central channel, were produced by casting. Slate molds for their production have been found in the excavations at Corinth; each shows a deep groove meant to receive a wire which, when removed from the casting, would leave the necessary channel. Of course, proper alignment of the two halves of the mold was important, and in order to ensure it, molds have small depressions – and corresponding mounds – near their edges. But occasionally the fit was not perfect and there are seals with an overlap or projection of metal halfway between their two surfaces. The diameter of blanks varied considerably from under one centimeter to almost eight centimeters for especially large seals; the most common formats range between 1.5 and 4.5 cm. One may imagine that in larger cities – particularly Constantinople – lead blanks of all sizes were available, but in more remote localities it is clear that only some sizes were cast, for seals of provincial officials survive that were consistently struck on undersized blanks. (Oikonomides, Nicolas “Byzantine Lead Seals” Dumbarton Oaks 1985, page 5, #4a-c.).
Condition: Intact in good condition overall.
PLEASE NOTE: THE WHITE COATING ON EARLY LEAD SEALS IS LEAD OXIDE AND VERY TOXIC IF INGESTED. LEAD SEALS MUST BE HANDLED WITH CARE AND SHOULD NEVER BE HANDLED BY CHILDREN UNLESS UNDER SUPERVISION.
Dimensions: Width: 1 cm (1/2 inch)
Provenance: Private California collection, ex Malter galleries.
A rare Byzantine Bronze Diadem and Bracelet, ca 4th - 5th century CE
RB1403Regular price $15,000 USD
A metalwork braided tiara of hammered copper alloy; the frontal with cutout decoration of early Christian iconography, including a central program of geometric doubled crosses flanked first by two birds and then two fish, the top edge of the frontal rising geometrically. On either end of the frontal, the copper alloy sheet is cut and folded to create a three-string braid emulating a wreath. At the rear of the braid, the weave is merged and further folded over creating a vertical lappet at the back. Above the frontal, an independent copper alloy braid comprising three strings is also woven, folded, and inserted through the weave of the primary braid on both sides creating two smaller lappets. The tiara is complimented by a circular three-string braided copper alloy bracelet.
Condition: Professional conservation conducted that included light surface cleaning and degreasing, realignment of the frontal and slight breaks re-adhered. Some loss to one side lappet otherwise, the tiara is intact and in excellent condition overall. The bracelet is intact and in excellent condition overall, both objects with good green patination commensurate with age. With museum-quality custom mount. A professional treatment and condition report accompanies this object and is available upon request.
Dimensions: Diadem diameter: 6 3/4 inches (17.12 cm), Bracelet diameter: 2 3/4 inches (7 cm)
Provenance: Found together at Egnatiaodos, Thessaloniki and gifted to Sir Francis Oswald Lindley, British Ambassador to Greece from 1922-1923, then by descent to his great-niece.
Sir Francis Oswald Lindley GCMG CB CBE PC (12 June 1872 – 17 August 1950) was a British diplomat who was HM Consul-General in Russia in 1919, British High Commissioner in Vienna 1919–1920, Ambassador to Austria 1920–1921, Ambassador to Greece 1922–1923, Minister in Oslo 1923–1929, Ambassador to Portugal 1929–1931, and finally Ambassador to Japan 1931–1934.
The Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki is on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO since 1988. The first church on the spot was constructed in the early 4th century AD, replacing a Roman bath.
An early Christian Bronze Cross Pendant, ca. 500 CE
RJ1333Regular price $1,500 USD
A small bronze cross mounted as a pendant, with 18K gold caps and a blue glass bead suspended from three of the cross points, a fourth glass bead with gold granulation in the center of the cross, a suspension loop at the top.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/16 inches (5.2 cm), width: 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. With a loop for suspension.
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired from Alexander the Great Gallery of Amman, Jordan in 2010.