Box Brooch with a Christian Scene

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 May 2016

The Romanized peoples of Pannonia remained Christian under Avar rule. This brooch from the region shows the adoration of the Magi, a well-known Christian scene. On the right, 3 bearded men bring gifts to the infant Christ in the stable at Bethlehem. The arrangement of the scene is so similar to Byzantine examples that it was probably copied from a Byzantine source, reflecting continuous links with the Empire. Possibly from Hungary. Late 500s-600s CE. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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