Illustrations of Artifact Categories Subject to U.S. Import Restriction
Cyprus - Byzantine Cross from Iconostasis
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Byzantine Cross from Iconostasis
Type of Object: Ritual Object
Materials: Wood
Measurements: Various
Date or Period: Byzantine
Maker: Byzantine
Designated List Section: II Wood
Date of Import Restriction: 04/12/1999
Photograph: Department of Antiquities, Cyprus
Copyright: Department of Antiquities, Cyprus
 
Description of Designated List Category Subject to Import Restrictions:
Artifacts made of wood are primarily those intended for ritual or ecclesiastical use during the Byzantine period. These include painted icons, painted wood screens (iconstasis), carved doors, crosses, painted wooded beams from churches or monasteries, thrones, chests and musical instruments. Religious figures (Christ, the Apostles, the Virgin, and others) predominate in the painted and carved figural decoration. Ecclesiastical furniture and architectural elements may also be decorated with geometric or floral designs. This example: Cross, from the iconostasis of the Church of Agios Ioannis at Famagusta. 16th century A.D.
Keywords:
ceremonial object, cross, icon, religious object,

 


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