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A Guide to the Early Christian and Byzantine Antiquities

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Oxfam Shop Darlington Board book, no dust jacket. Spine is creased, boards have marks. Pages have some foxing but text is readable and clear throughout. Features black white photo's and illustrations. Published by Order of the Trustees, 1921 Second Edition. From the book: The collection of objects exhibited in the Christian Room may be divided into three sections: the first, Early Christian; the second, Byzantine; and the third comprising devotional and ecclesiastical objects from various Christian Churches of the East. The period illustrated by the first section is here placed between the beginning of our era and the seventh century; the Celtic and Teutonic Christian remains in the Museum, most of which are assigned to a subsequent date, being reserved for future treatment in other Guides to be issued by the Department. The second section is concerned with the entire duration of the Byzantine Empire, down to its overthrow by the Turks in 1453. The third is at present illustrated by the later Coptic, Abyssinian, and Russian series, but is still very incomplete. Nearly all the objects falling within the first and third of these sections are either directly connected with church worship or have upon them symbols, figures, or inscriptions connecting them with the Christian religion But with those which illustrate the second this is not always the case, for although a very large number of Byzantine antiquities are ornamented with religious subjects, this is not an invariable rule, a certain proportion having no evident connexion with Christianity. The inclusion of such objects must be defended on the ground that they are of greater archaeological interest in association with obviously Christian work of the same origin than they would be if separated and placed among the collections illustrating the Middle Ages in the West. See Oxfam website for delivery information

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