Byzantine Gold Reliquary Holder

GBP 425.00

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Object Description

A finely modelled Byzantine gold reliquary and amulet case comprising of a tubular thin gold sleeve featuring three suspension loops to the top. The gold case displays a fine granules decoration, with the granules arranged in piramids.

In Byzantine society, reliquary and amulet holders, such as this beautiful example, would generally have contained tiny scrolls made from silver and bronze, with protective spells or prayers inscribed upon them. These may have been worn to protect the owner in everyday life, but have also been found in funerary contexts, suggesting their apotropaic purpose was likely believed to extend to the afterlife.

Date: Circa 9th-12th century AD

Object Condition

Good condition. Some granulation missing and slight damage to the sleeve, but the main body of the amulet and the suspension loops remain intact.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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