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6th-Century Works: Barberini Ivory, Archangel Ivory, Baharestan Carpet

6th-Century Works: Barberini Ivory, Archangel Ivory, Baharestan Carpet

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Chapters: Barberini Ivory, Archangel Ivory, Baharestan Carpet. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 24. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Barberini ivory is one fifth of a Byzantine ivory imperial diptych dating from Late Antiquity, now in the Louvre, Paris, France. It is carved in the classical style known as late Theodosian, representing the emperor as triumphant victor. It is generally dated from first half of the sixth century and is attributed to an imperial workshop of Constantinople, while the emperor is usually identified as Justinian, or possibly Anastasius I or Zeno. It is a notable historical document because it is linked to queen Brunhilda of Austrasia. On the back there is a list of names of Frankish kings, all relatives of Brunhilda, indicating the important position of queens within Frankish royal families. Brunhilda ordered the list to be inscribed and offered it to the church as a votive image. Although it is not a consular diptych, it shares many features of their decorative schemes. The emperor is accompanied in the main panel by a conquered barbarian in trousers at left, an allegorical figure, probably representing territory conquered or reconquered, who holds his foot in thanks or submission, and an angel or victory, crowning the emperor with the traditional palm of victory (which is now lost). Although the barbarian is partly hidden by the emperor's huge spear, this does not pierce him, and he seems more astonished and over-awed than combative. Above, Christ, with a fashionable curled hair-style, is flanked by two more angels in the style of pagan victory figures; he reigns above, while the emperor represents him below on earth. In the bottom panel barbarians from Europe (left, in trousers) and Africa (right, with ivory) bring tribute, which includes wild anim...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=5292162