MAGNIFICENT LATE BYZANTINE BELT BUCKLE WITH INTACT GALLERY WIRE
BYZANTINE PERIOD: 14th - 15th CENTURY AD
is an unusual offer - it is a complete, intact Late Byzantine belt
buckle. It shows undamaged interior gallery wire with a typical
Byzantine eastern motif. The central raised portion shows a bronze
enhancement. Hook and loop are complete and undamaged.
Original earthen deposits remain in the face background. Highly
recommended as seldom do you ever see any pieces like this offered on
the open market.
NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION
- AS ORIGINALLY MADE WITH ONLY LIGHT CLEANING.
There is an ALARMING number of fake ancient
artifacts on the market. As fine quality intact, original
specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more
sophisticated to fake these artifacts. We have personally handled
numerous extremely well-done fakes
with convincing patinas that could fool most people. The degree to which the
fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work
requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals.
Like all rare collectibles, fakes plague the market.
Paleo Direct subjects
every piece we offer to a full analysis, cleaning and conservation
process in our on-site lab. How many dealers do this or have any
experience in operating their own lab?
The procedures we put each piece through are the same as we do for those
specimens destined for museums and the same procedures as the best
museums perform on their own collections. Deal only
with sources that are extremely knowledgeable in forgeries or altered
pieces and get a written guarantee of authenticity that has no
conditions or expiration period. Paleo Direct includes this
guarantee in writing with every item we sell. All purchases should
include from the dealer a written guarantee of authenticity with
unconditional and lifetime return policies regarding such guarantee.
Perhaps no other epoch
in history is so unique, extensive and yet, as much forgotten as that of
the Byzantine Roman Empire. From the founding of its new capitol
in Constantinople, 330 AD to its final fall to the Ottoman invaders in
1453, over eleven hundred years of history has virtually been
lost in most minds of the Western world. Ironically, it is this
exact history that has extensively shaped the Western cultures today,
especially those of the Christian faith.
No event in Western
history was probably more pivotal than that of the Christian conversion
of the Roman emperor Constantine I. Up to that time, Christians
were heavily persecuted by many of the previous emperors and the
religion was outlawed. That would all change in 324 AD with a
miraculous military victory and subsequent conversion to Christianity by
Constantine I at the Milvian Bridge. From this point on,
Christianity became the official religion of the Empire. A new
capitol was established in Constantinople (present day Istanbul, Turkey)
and power was fully transferred from Rome to Constantinople in 476 AD.
It was not the end of the Roman Empire but a continuation and
fascinating transformation of Roman rule that would last for another one
In the Byzantine
Period, the Roman Empire and Christianity were completely interwoven.
It was the quintessential example of the UNION of church and state.
What was once the ancient world's greatest enemy of the faith,
became its most devoted advocate. The classic architecture, style
of dress, and overall appearance of all that was "Old Rome"
took on a new and intricate style that the world has never seen before
or since. This was not only attributed to the influence of the
capitol's new geographic location, but also to the foremost prominence
of Christianity in the Roman world.
well-known remnant of the Byzantine Period is the stunning and unique
art of the religious Icons. This abstract spiritual style can be
immediately recognized and is evident in not only paintings and mosaics
but also the era's architecture and coins. What was once thought
of as crude numismatic issues are now appreciated as highly stylized
symbols of the Romans' devout faith.
establishment of Constantinople as the new capitol and navel of the
Roman world, the Empire continued for almost a millennium eventually
bridging ancient and medieval history but not without its share of
enemies. Numerous challenges of foreign armies took its toll on
defenses and finally, on May 29, 1453 AD, the Muslim Ottomans overran
the crumbling city walls and the sun set forever on the greatest empire
that the ancient world had ever known.
EXTREME RARITY IN THE ANCIENT ARTIFACT MARKET - ORIGINAL AND COMPLETE
WITH INTACT DECORATIVE MOTIF
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX
Actual Item - One Only