Fragment of a Byzantine Peacock Arch

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 27 May 2018

This marble fragment of a Byzantine arch was part of an entablature. It came from the Saraçhane excavations and dates to 524-527 CE. The inner part of the arch of the architrave was decorated with a relief of a peacock. The surface was decorated with vine leaves. The overlying inscription, in Greek, carries part of line 30 of a poem and reads "(Even you do not know how many) houses dedicated to God your hand has made". From Istanbul, in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turley).



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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