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Byzantine Bronze Crescent-Shaped Seal - FZ.288
Origin: Bethlehem, Israel
Circa: 400 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high x 3.125" (7.9cm) wide
Collection: Byzantine
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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This handsome bronze seal is part of a fascinating age-old tradition. The use of seal impressions dates back to the very earliest beginnings of civilization. Ancient merchants used their individualized seals to identify their saleable goods. Egyptian Pharaohs used magnificently carved seals with images that served to symbolize their power and authority. Roman artists carved seals from precious stones, finely detailing the stunning images of ancient gods. This bronze seal dating to the Byzantine period was probably used by the Church as a seal impression for holy breads. Shaped like the moon in its first quarter, the seal's curvilinear lines echo the soft lines of this new moon. The Byzantine artist who created this symbolic seal drew on a spiritual lunar image that continues to inspire and move us today. Just as this seal created a meaningful impression on ancient holy bread, so it makes a meaningful impression on our ancient emotions. - (FZ.288)


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