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Byzantine Silver decorated pyxis,, 5th-7th century A.D.

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The art during the first centuries of Christianity, which we consider paleochristian, was persecuted, hidden, especially during the Roman occupation. The Byzantine Empire is the eastern zone of the Roman Empire, which extended in time until the beginning of the Renaissance. The beginnings of Byzantine art are linked to Paleo-Christian art and Roman iconography. Pyxis are boxes of relics, in their first primitive conception, in which the relics would be housed, which are parts of bodies or objects that are venerated for any reason. This little box, which would carry a lid, is made of silver, a precious material which indicates the great value of what it would carry inside. Its ornamentation is delicate, formed from a series of rounds in which are housed female profiles, birds and roosters. Without any doubt, a unique piece in which still resides the delicacy of Byzantine art.


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