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Byzantine Site in Israel Yields Church-Shaped Lantern

Intriguing artifact was unearthed near a facility for making wine.<p><b>In Israel, any turn of a spade can reveal surprising pieces of history.</b><p><b>That occurred recently when a large winepress from about A.D. 500, the early Byzantine era, turned up southwest of Jerusalem near the spa town of Hamei …

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O Palaiologos

Ὁ Παλαιολόγος + ··<p>Partial signature of John VIII Palaiologos, 1439<p>In mid-June I had a letter from Daniel Moss, a London dealer in historical letters …

Ceremonies, Part One

Nikephoros III Botaniates, 1078-1081,<br>(updated from a portrait of Michael VII Doukas, 1067-1078)<p>I have been rejoicing in the new English translation …

Ceremonies, Part Two

Court attendants waiting.<p>As I read the 10th C <i>Book of Ceremonies</i>, the main emphases are dress and waiting. And interior decorating, which is dress for …

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Water Supply of Constantinople

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Final Hours in Rome

To wrap up in Rome, I went back to all the churches that were either closed or otherwise occupied when I first visited. I started off at the Basilica …

Late Roman infantry with a Labarum standard (www.durolitum.co.uk)

The illustration of Heraclius is based on coins from the period.

Interview with the Textile Conservator

One of the most interesting things about working on an exhibition is getting to meet all the different people involved on the project. Each member of …

Conservation of the Sixth-Century Mosaics at the Church of the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai

As discussed in an earlier post, Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai has been continuously inhabited since the fourth century A.D. Remarkably, a …

Costume Styles

Although this exhibition demonstrates how difficult it can be to draw definitive cultural distinctions during periods of transition, certain forms of …

Woven Silk

Silk textiles were produced in Byzantium long before local weavers had figured out how to acquire and produce silk from silkworms. For centuries, the …

Dress Styles in the Mosaics of San Vitale

The pinnacle of early imperial Byzantine dress is best seen in the mosaics of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora at the Church of San Vitale in …

Scripts in Development

The range of manuscripts included in <i>Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition</i> suggests the importance of book production in the cultures found …

The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels by Janet Martin Soskice

In <i>The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels</i>, Janet Martin Soskice tells the story of twin sisters Agnes and …

Interview with the Research Associate

Brandie Ratliff, the research associate for <i>Byzantium and Islam</i>, joined me recently for a chat about her participation in the show. She worked closely …

Fashion and Style in Byzantium

In a post last week, Annie discussed how certain forms of dress distinguished cultural groups during the Byzantine era, but what about fashion and …

Christian Imagery on Silk Textiles: The Annunciation Silk

The red Annunciation silk depicts the seated Virgin dressed in royal purple, receiving a message from the angel Gabriel, encircled by floral …

Selected Artworks

Help us bring life to art, and art to lives. Join today.<p>Visit The Met Store to discover publications and products related to The Met's current, …

The Persian-Style Riding Coat

While garment styles in the Late Antique world were simple in form—consisting of the T-shaped tunic for men and children, and loose, draped garments, …

Early Islamic Textiles: Inscribed Garments

The tradition of inscribed textiles in the Islamic world dates to the passing of the Prophet Muhammad (632 A.D.), whose spiritual and political …

Interview with the Objects Conservator

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Pete Dandridge, Conservator and Administrator, The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation, …

Mosaics as History: The Near East from Late Antiquity to Islam by G. W. Bowersock

The large Jordanian floor mosaics are some of the most provocative objects in the exhibition, a fact made evident in the lively talks at the recent …

Figurines in the Mediterranean

In many cases, burials have served as windows onto a past culture's daily life. Children's graves are no exception. Although attracting less …

Interview with the Registrar

As registrar, Aileen Chuk organizes the arrival, installation, and return of loaned works of art for exhibitions at the Museum. I recently spoke with …