Cast silver plaque with a half-length figure of Christ in high relief
A fragment from what was once a larger object, perhaps a chalice, this cast and parcel-gilt image of Christ Pantokrator is one of the very earliest representations of the iconographic formula for the representation of the Saviour which eventually became the norm in Byzantine art.
Constantinople or Eastern Mediterranean
Early Byzantine period, 6th-7th century
Height: 7.50 cm
Width: 4.60 cm
Weight: 14.46 g
Private collection, UK