GALLERY 48:


BYZANTINE AND EARLY CHRISTIAN ART

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5072. A CHOICE EARLY CHRISTIAN OIL LAMP. Byzantine, ca. 5th-7th century AD. The lamp with sharp raised cross in the center of the discus with four small filler holes around, a Greek legend around the shoulder of the lamp reading HAGIA TRIOC (Holy Trinity) ending in decorative borders along the spout. 3.75 inches. Remains of old collection tag affixed to bottom. Extremely rare early Christian art object with legend. Excellent condition with clear inscription somewhat better than image shows.



5073. AN EARLY CHRISTIAN OIL LAMP, ca. 4th-5th century AD. The red glazed lamp with a standing crowned male holding staff? and shell? on the discus. Likely a Biblical patriarch any additional identification appreciated. 4.6 inches. Choice condition.



5074. AN EARLY CHRISTIAN OIL LAMP, ca. 4th-5th century AD. The red glazed lamp with a floral rosette on the discus. 5.25 inches. Excellent condition.



5075. AN EARLY CHRISTIAN OIL LAMP, ca. 4th-5th century AD. The red glazed lamp with an altar? on the discus. 4.6 inches. Excellent condition.



5076. AN EARLY CHRISTIAN OIL LAMP, ca. 4th-5th century AD. The red glazed lamp with a Chi Rho (one of the earliest Christian symbols, being a monogram of the first two letters of the word Christ in Greek) on the discus. 6 inches. Repaired along mold seam.



5077. A FINE BYZANTINE ANIMAL FORM LOCK, ca. 7th-9th century. The lock in the form of a bull with keyhole in side, the internal mechanism and tail missing. 1.75 inches. Very rare with nice patina.



5078. A BYZANTINE? SILVER CLASP WITH INSCRIPTION. Black Sea area, ca. 7th-9th century. The clasp with finely molded floral design with 3 line inscription toward the base. 1.25 x 1.25 inches. Deserving of further study. Translation appreciated.



5079. A BYZANTINE GLASS INLAID CROSS, ca. 7th century. The bronze cross with five sections of intact glass inlay, suspension loop above. 1 inch. Intact and wearable. Very rare.




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