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  • Description

    Furniture ornament; silver with gilding; hollowed, one-piece casting; rectangular socket: square in section; framed with rectilinear moulding; two aligned holes for pin; terminating in a seated female figure representing the Tyche of Constantinople: plastically rendered, detailed with decorative engraving, stippling and gilded drapery; figure wears tunic, mantle, boots, armlet and crested helmet and holds a patera and a cornucopia; below the figure: hinged, pierced, stippled and punched leaf with rounded knob finial. One of a set with 1866,1229.21, 22 and 24.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 330-370 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 179 millimetres
    • Width: 64 millimetres
    • Depth: 84 millimetres
    • Weight: 706 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Published: Dalton 1901, no. 333; K. Weitzmann (ed.), Age of Spirituality (exh. cat.), New York, 1978, no 155; Exh. cat., Spätantike und frühes Christentum (Liebieghaus Museum alter Plastik), Frankfurt, 1983, no 84; Exh. cat. Milano capitale del'impero Romano 286-402 d.c. Milano Palazzo Reale 22. gennaio-22. aprile 1990, Milan, 1990, no 5b.2e, pp. 349-50. For metallurgical analysis see: M.J. Hughes and J.A. Hall, "X-ray Fluorescence Analysis of Late Roman and Sassanian Silver", Journal of Archaeological Science 6 (1979), p. 327. In set with 1866,1229.24 In set with 1866,1229.21 In set with 1866,1229.22Published:
    Ein Gott 215, no. 37, p. 50.


  • Bibliography

    • Buckton 1994 14 bibliographic details
    • Weitzmann 1979 155 bibliographic details
    • Shelton 1981 30 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 333 bibliographic details
    • Fluck et al. 2015 p.48 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc7

  • Exhibition history

    2015, Oct 29 – 2016, Feb 7. British Museum, Room 35. Egypt: Faith after the Pharoahs
    2012-2013 11 Nov-25 Aug, USA, Art Institute of Chicago, Tradition Transformed: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum
    2010 4 Jun-4 Sep, Turkey, Istanbul, The Sakip Sabanci Museum, Byzantium to Istanbul: 8000 years of a Capital
    2008 25 Oct-2009 22 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Byzantium 330-1453 AD
    2007 2 Jun-4 Nov, Germany, Trier, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Constantine the Great
    2006 31 Mar-29 Oct, York, Yorkshire Museum, Constantine
    2005 13 Mar-4 Sep, Italy, Rimini, Castel Sismondo, Constantine the Great
    2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2001 6 Sep-30 Dec, USA, Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, Antioch – The Lost Roman City
    2001 18 Mar-3 Jun, USA, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Antioch – The Lost Roman City
    2000 7 Oct-2001 4 Feb, USA, Worcester, Worcester Art Museum, Antioch – The Lost Roman City
    1990 24 Jan-22 Apr, Italy, Milan, Royal Palace of Milan, Milano Capitale dell’ Impero
    1983-1984 15 Dec-11 Mar, Germany, Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Late Antiquity and Early Christianity
    1977-1978 18 Nov-12 Feb, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Early Christian Art

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated: 1793. The collection changed hands numerous times, before BM acquisition date; the first time in 1800.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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