Chris Entwistle

Late Roman and Byzantine Collections

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


+44 (0)20 7323 8724

Chris Entwistle is responsible for the Early Christian and Byzantine collections from the eastern Mediterranean from the late third to the mid fifteenth century AD. The collections include, inter alia, metalwork (gold, silver and bronze), silver treasures (Esquiline, Carthage, Lampsacus and Cyprus), glass, textiles, ivories and pottery. In addition he curates the collections of Late Antique magical gems and Byzantine, Greek and Russian icons. His research interests are primarily concerned with metalwork, in particular jewellery.

Current projects

Editorial oversight of R. Cormack, M. Vassilaki, A Catalogue of the Byzantine and Greek Icons in the British Museum

Author of forthcoming electronic Catalogue of the Late Roman and Byzantine Jewellery from the Eastern Mediterranean in the British Museum

Previous projects

Editorial oversight of Y. Bobrov, A Catalogue of the Russian Icons in the British Museum

Co-curator exhibition: Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture From British Collections

Oversight of 15 year excavation programme of the British Museum sponsored excavations of the Early Byzantine monastery at Deir ‘Ain ‘Abata in Jordan

Recent publications

C. Entwistle, ‘Late Roman and Byzantine Weights and Weighing Equipment’ in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies (Oxford, early 2008), Ch. I.2, pp. 1-11.

C. Entwistle, K.D. Politis (ed.), Excavations at the Sanctuary of St Lot at Deir ‘Ain ‘Abata, Jordan, 1998-2003 (British Museum Press, forthcoming early 2008)

C. Entwistle, A Catalogue of the Late Roman and Byzantine Weights and Weighing Equipment in the British Museum (Electronic publication, forthcoming 2007)

C. Entwistle, ‘A Summary List of the Byzantine, Greek and Russian Icons in the British Museum’, in R. Cormack, Icons (British Museum Press, 2007).

C. Entwistle, ‘Glass Weights’ in P.C. Finney (ed.), Encyclopedia of Early Christian and Late Antique Art and Archaeology (Princeton, forthcoming 2007)

C. Entwistle, ‘Emperors or saints? A Note on the Iconography of a Late-Antique Weight’, in P. Armstrong (ed.), Ritual and Art: Byzantine Essays for Christopher Walter (Pindar Press, 2006)