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7th Century Bronze Byzantine Peacock Hairpin

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Seller: 2ndwheel (60) 100%, Location: Baltimore, Maryland, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122245982623 For your consideration, we present a Byzantine 7th century C.E. bronze peacock hairpin. Found in Eastern Europe with 2 follis (copper Byzantine coins) from the reign of the Emperor Heraclius, and is therefore, circa 630 C.E. The peacock has an ancient history as a deity worshipped by pagans, with its roots in India, and the reverence for the bird spread across many ancient cultures, and was eventually appropriated by Christians during the early Christian era. In Christian mythology, the peacock was rewarded for its abstinence because it declined to eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. As a result, its flesh did not decay after death. The spread tail feathers of the peacock alluded to haloes and the divinity of the saints, and a single feather is considered a symbol of martyrdom, immortality and is the symbol usually associated with Saint Barbara. Byzantine and early Christian churches have been found with spectacular peacock mosaic walls and floors, with the peacock’s distinctive tail feathers representing the “all seeing eye of God”. Our hair pin is bronze and is in very good condition for its age. The peacock is still firmly attached to the pin, and the pin itself does not appear to have ever been compromised, and the piece has a beautiful patina. It comes with a custom acrylic display stand. The hair pin is 4.75 inches (12 cm) long overall, and the peacock is 1.875 inches (4.8 cm) wide. The acrylic cube stand is 1 inch (2.54 cm) on all sides. International purchasers are encouraged to contact us for actual shipping costs prior to bidding. Domestic shipping is via USPS Priority Flat Rate unless otherwise specified. Please leave positive feedback if you are satisfied with our service. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Material: Bronze, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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