Ceramic and Glass

26.04.2012 to 30.09.2012

The storerooms of the Museum of Byzantine Art contain an array of ceramics and several surprisingly well preserved glass objects from the East Roman Empire. Most of these objects have never been placed on public display before. Several selected ceramics and some glassware from Egypt and Asia Minor are now on display in rooms 110 and 113 of the Bode Museum.

Several painted and, in some instances, unusually shaped terracotta vessels represent the diversity of pottery craftsmanship in late antique and early Christian Egypt. The earliest examples of glazed ceramic from the Byzantine Empire with ornamentation executed either in paint, scratched plaster (sgraffito) or enamelling in the champlevé technique, date back to the 8th century. The works became markedly more popular from the 10th century onwards and often feature added dots of color that stand up from the ceramic surface.

Like ceramic, glassware was also often part of the smaller finds in excavations of former Byzantine settlements. Together, these artefacts are a testament to the rich diversity of forms and styles of decoration in the multifaceted Byzantine culture of dining.

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