Byzantine yellow and green glass bead necklace, 300-600 AD

Material:  Glass
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Vidrio
Dimensions:  41 cm
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Israel, 2006. Export authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority No. 2921 with date 20/04/2006 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/01675 with date 13/03/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
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This necklace is made with beads made of yellow glass paste that are decorated with green circles. Byzantine jewelry was a continuation of Roman traditions, because they were kept unchanged behind the high walls of Constantinople. It covered the bodies with earrings, crowns, necklaces of body chains, bracelets, bracelets and rings. Large necklaces like jewels were in favor of women while men wore pectoral ornaments.

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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