Terracotta Byzantine relief decorated with a face of Jesus Christ, 9th-10th century A.D.

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. It is common to make bricks, plates and tombstones with moulds, as well as chrismons, faces and other types of representations. In this relief, as a slab or plate, in which polychromy still remains, we can see a male face framed in a circle, symbol of its divinity and importance. Undoubtedly, it is a piece that perfectly reflects the typology and characterization of the Byzantine characters.


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