Item description for Late Antique and Early Christian Gems (Spatantike-Fruhes Christentum-Byzanz) (Spatantike-Fruhes Christentum-Byzanz) by Jeffrey Spier...
Throughout the Middle Ages, Roman gems and cameos were highly valued as intrinsically precious objects or even as possessing magical properties. During the Renaissance, large collections of gems were formed by aristocratic collectors who sought inspiration from the classical images engraved on them, and gems have been collected for similar reasons ever since. With the exception of a few dedicated antiquaries, however, collectors and scholars over the last five hundred years or so have generally ignored late antique and early Christian gems. This study presents more than 1000 gems from different collections, more than 300 of them unpublished so far. They are presented according to different genres, themes, material and place or time of production. The catalogue is completed by about 1300 illustrations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.4" Width: 9" Height: 1.2" Weight: 4.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2007
Publisher Reichert Verlag
ISBN 3895004340 ISBN13 9783895004346
Availability 0 units.
More About Jeffrey Spier
Jeffrey Spier is adjunct professor of classics at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Herbert L. Kessler is professor of the history of art at Johns Hopkins University. Steven Fine is Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Robin M. Jensen is Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Worship and Art at Vanderbilt University. Johannes G. Deckers is professor at the Institute for Byzantine Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich. Mary Charles-Murray is professor of theology at the University of Oxford.