Byzantine Terracotta Circular Mirror Plaque

GBP 400.00

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Object Description

A Byzantine terracotta circular mirror plaque with concentric circular decoration. In its centre sits a larger circular indent, which would have originally held the glass mirrored surface. Surrounding this are four smaller, now vacant, indents, which form a cross motif across the whole plaque. Interspersed complete concentric circles decorate the remaining space, whilst semicircular incised grooves form a border to the mirror’s edge. Remains of pigment, in black and red, are still slightly visible to the obverse. A small hole, used for suspension, perforates the top of the plaque. The reverse remains undecorated. Such items were usually mould-made, as attested to by the small lip of additional clay to the edge of the plaque.

Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD

Object History

Ex major S.M., London, Collection 1970-2010.

Object Condition

Very fine and rare. Glass insets now missing. Some remains of stucco.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:14.5 x centimeters

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By appointment only.

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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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