Byzantine bronze pitcher with lid, 500-700 A.D.

This bronze jug has a simple and linear design, and still retains the lid held by a chain. It would have been intended to contain water or wine for the festivities. These objects, of daily use, denote and inform us of their practices and ways of living. Many of the archaeological pieces that we preserve from ancient cultures are part of the objects of daily use. The fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century resulted in the ruin of the ancient world. However, Christianity was the driving force behind the continuity and evolution of the West in the Middle Ages, albeit slowly. Paleochristian art served as a bridge between classical and Christian culture to create a new art. It is an art that lives in its beginnings hidden, in many occasions persecuted. The followers of the new religion stimulated the appearance and extension of another iconography. Although to represent the beliefs and stories of their faith they often resorted to pre-existing visual prototypes, there is no doubt that the spirit that animated the visual creations of Christianity was beginning to be very different from the old polytheism.


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