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Emperor Leo Vl’s Votive Crown



                                            Emperor Leo Vl’s
                                            Votive Crown
                                            886-912.
                                            Constantinople, gold,
                                            cloisonné enamel on gold, and pearls,
                                            height 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.);
                                            diameter 13 cm (5 1/8 in.).
                                            Venice, Procuratoria di San Marco.
 
Among the oldest Byzantine enamels are those that have been categorized around the votive crown of Emperor Leo VI (886-912) in the treasury of San Marco, and which are characterized by the use of full enamel, transluscent green backgrounds, bright colours and simplified compartmental design. 

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Emperor Leo Vl’s Votive Crown. Detail



Emperor Leo Vl’s Votive Crown. As adapted and remodelled.


 

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