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ARTEMIS GALLERY 6th C. Byzantine Bronze Polycandelon with Cross

CAD 4,644.86 or Best Offer 1d, 14-Day Returns

Seller: artemisgallery (669) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381698870371 6th C. Byzantine Bronze Polycandelon with Cross Near East, Byzantine, 6th to 8th century CE. A circular hanging bronze lamp or polycandelon created during the Byzantine era. Oil filled glass vessels once hung from six round openings set on the circular base of the design. The polycandelon hangs from a hook linked to a Byzantine cross with expanding arms that terminate in rounded endpoints set upon a round base linked to six chains that are connected to the base. Just imagine the beautiful shadows cast upon ancient walls and floors, replicating and actually magnifying the designs created by those disks! According to the curatorial department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, larger polycandelons may have been used to light the wondrous church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople described by the poet and courtier Paul the Silentiary in 563 CE, "Thus is everything clothed in beauty . . . No words are sufficient to describe the illumination in the evening; you might say that some nocturnal sun filled the majestic church with light." Those words create a fabulous visual. Can't you envision how candelight would have added to the immense brilliance of this church's historical mosaics depicting the Virgin Mary, Jesus, saints, the Emperor Justinian and his Empress Theodora! Don't pass up on an opportunity to add this beautiful example with stunning light green patina to your collection. Size: 10.375" in diameter x 15" H (26.4 cm x 38.1 cm) #112506 Condition: Intact / near choice, if not choice. Gorgeous green patina. Provenance: Ex-private New Jersey collection formed between 1960 and 1985. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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