BYZANTINE, MEDIEVAL AND EARLY CHRISTIAN ART
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5963. A COMPLETE GRAVE GROUP, Merovingian, 6th century AD. The group consists of two silver belt fittings, (one of this with nice circle ornaments), 6 glass and clay beads with wonderful colors, a glass beaker (intact) made of green glass and a very interesting gold plated Probus antoninian. In this completeness a very rare group. High of the beaker: 5,5 cm.
5964. A FINE BYZANTINE BRONZE OIL LAMP, c. 5th-9th century. The handle with a small dog with ring below. 4.4 inches. Choice condition and patina.
5965. A BYZANTINE BRONZE VESSEL, ca. 5th-10th century AD. With conical body, high neck and wide pouring rim. 7 x 10 inches. Repaired with seams patched. Rare.
5966. A BYZANTINE SILVER CROSS, VII century AD. Round section arms and suspension loop with two ribs. At the intersection of the arms, there is a high cone with a circular collar set with blue glass cabochon. 1.3" (3.4 cm). For a similar cross see Materials in Archaeology of Tauria, Vol III, pg. 371, # 38.
5967. A BYZANTINE SILVER BUCKLE, first half of VII c. A.D. Cast in block. Solid crown-shaped plate with small triangular lug at the top and laterally elongated loop with deep recess to take the pin; wide bevel along the perimeter. Tongue decorated with collar-set yellow cabochon glass. Two short rods at the rear. 1.8"(4.6cm). Cf. Materials in Archeology, History and Ethnography of Tauria, vol. 1, p. 218. #22.
5968. A BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE, VIII c. A.D. Kidney-shaped loop, short wide tongue with flat knob both hinged to a openwork plate. Two perforated lugs at the rear. 2.6"(6.8cm). Cf. Cf. "Materials in Archaeology of Tauria", Vol III, p. 368 #13,14; A. Aibabin, "Ethnischegeschichte der Fruhbyzantinischen Krim", 1999, p.169 # 8, 9.
5969. A BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE, VIII c. A.D. Oval-shaped loop, short tongue with flat knob with dot-and-circle indentation, both hinged to an openwork plate decorated with dot-and-circle indentation. Two perforated lugs at the rear. 2.6"(6.5 cm). Cf. "Materials in Archaeology of Tauria", Vol III, p. 368 #13,14.
5970. A BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE, VIII c. A.D. Kidney-shaped loop, short wide tongue with cubical knob with cross indentation on three sides; both hinged to a openwork plate. Three perforated lugs at the rear. Pin is not original. 3.0"(7.5 cm). Cf. "Materials in Archaeology of Tauria", Vol III, p. 368 #13,14; A. Aibabin, "Ethnischegeschichte der Fruhbyzantinischen Krim", 1999, p.169 # 8, 9.
5971. A MIGRATION PERIOD GLASS FLASK, IV-V cent. A. D. Blown in open grooved mould, with rotation. Thick, greenish, transparent, bubbly ware. Sherical body with concave base; long narrowing neck, funnel-shaped orifice, wide bolster-shaped lip folded over on top. Diagonal spiral grooving on body. Pontil-scar. H.7.6"(19.3 cm). For a similar beaker, see Ancient Glass in Hermitage Collection, by N. Kunina, 1997, cat. #173; Listed in Christie's Auction, NY, Dec. 7th, 2000, lot #541.