Byzantine Musings on Easter Sunday

“…Consume my heart away; sick with desire

And fastened to a dying animal

It knows not what it is; and gather me

Into the artifice of eternity.

Once out of nature I shall never take

My bodily form from any natural thing,

But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make

Of hammered gold and gold enamelling

To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;

Or set upon a golden bough to sing

To lords and ladies of Byzantium

Of what is past, or passing, or to come.”

— Excerpt from William Butler Yeates


The very humble but beautiful objects shown here are all Byzantine. So little, comparatively speaking, of the often overlooked or misunderstood Byzantine world and its material culture still remain that every antiquity of that remarkable civilization should be treated with great respect. The links below lead to pages on our website that, among other cultures, include Byzantine antiquities —





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