Ancient Byzantine Antiquities for Sale

The Byzantine Empire is the conventional name used to describe the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Its emperors continued the unbroken succession of Roman Emperors, preserving Greco-Roman legal and cultural traditions. The Eastern Roman Empire's evolution from the ancient Roman Empire can be seen as a process beginning when the Emperor Constantine I transferred the capital from Nicomedia in Anatolia to the city of Byzantium, which was renamed New Rome or Constantinople.

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Byzantine 'Human Mask' Buckle 024839

Rare Byzantine 'Human Mask' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 8.79 grams, 39.05 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy buckle fitting comprising an eccentric annular plate, trapezoidal plate and strap loop. The trapezoidal plate features a carefully modelled human mask with pellet eyes and block nose above the discoid plate with T-shaped central void and running scroll decoration to the upper face in three panels. Opposite the human mask panel the plate narrows to accept a tongue (lost in antiquity). Above the mask there is a square frame for attachment of a strap. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an important London collection, cat.no.1770.
£125.00

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Byzantine 'Human Mask' Buckle 024839
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022779

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 620 grams, 13 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£450.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022779
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022784

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 495 grams, 12.7 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Fuse nossle chipped, otherwise very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£325.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022784
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022785

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 710 grams, 14.5 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Large chip to base, otherwise good very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£550.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022785
Byzantine 'Cross and Crescent' Openwork Buckle 022454

Byzantine 'Cross and Crescent' Openwork Buckle
Copper-alloy, 7.40 grams, 37.03 mm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A cast openwork buckle comprising an integral plate and loop and separate tongue. The loop is rectangular with chamfered edges and a couch for the tongue. The plate is D-shaped with cruciform and crescent piercings and small knop at the rear. The tongue is a flat bar inserted through the plate's piercing and coiled around the rear of the loop. There are three pierced lugs on the reverse for attachment. Reference: cf. hinged-plate openwork buckle from Eski-Kermen in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item I.6.1.1. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£60.00

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Byzantine 'Cross and Crescent' Openwork Buckle 022454
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022788

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 785 grams, 14.5 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£375.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022788
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022786

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 530 grams, 12.5 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Fuse nossle chipped, otherwise very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£350.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022786
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022787

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 545 grams, 12.6 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Fuse nossle restored, otherwise very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£325.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022787
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022789

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 490 grams, 12.3 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£450.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022789
Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022782

Rare Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade
Ceramic, 640 grams, 14 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A ceramic tear drop shaped vessel decorated with a geometric design. Accounts suggest that it was filled with a mixture of petroleum and designed to be charged with incendiary material, probably containing naphtha, the basis of Greek Fire. Referenace: W. Arendt 'Irene Granaten des 13-14. Jahrhunderts, die an der Wolga gefunden sind', Zeitschrift fur Historische Waffen-und Kostumkunde, 11 (1926-8), p. 42; W. Arendt 'Die Spharisch-konischen Gefasse aus Gebranntem Ton', Ibid., D. Ayalon Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk Kingdom, London, 1956, p. 16. Very fine condition. Provenance: private collection, North London, UK; acquired from a London Arms & Armor dealer in the 1950's.
£475.00

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Byzantine Ceramic 'Greek Fire' Hand Grenade 022782
Byzantine 'Openwork' Plate Buckle 022831

Byzantine 'Openwork' Plate Buckle
Copper-alloy, 17.73 grams, 47.62 mm. Circa 8th-10th century AD. A cast copper-alloy buckle with integral plate. The rectangular loop is chamfered on the outer faces and features a couch for the tongue. On the rear bar are two rows of punched-point decoration. The tongue is a D-section bar passing through a cruciform void in the plate and curves over the leading edge of the loop. The plate is D-shaped with chamfered edges, cruciform and crescentic voids and three ring-and-dot motifs. On the rear is a palmette knop. On the reverse are three pierced lugs for attachment to the belt. Reference: Ross, M.C. Catalogue of Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, vol.2, Washington, 2005, pl.xxxiii. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£60.00

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Byzantine 'Openwork' Plate Buckle 022831


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