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Sculpture, metalwork and pottery (324-565)

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Silver reliquary
Silver reliquary from Nea Iraklia, Halkidiki, attributed to a Thessalonikan metal chasing workshop, with embessed scenes taken from the Old and New Testaments, late 4th century, Exhibition of Christian Antiquities in the White Tower, Thessaloniki.

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Silver reliquary
Nea Iraklia, late 4th century

Toreutic workshops operated in Thessalonike as attested by several finds: two silver reliquaries of the late 4th century, one decorated in relief with biblical scenes; a hoard of silver table vessels of the 4th century, now in Switzerland, with a provenance inscription on one of the pieces; and the silver paten of Theodosios the Great, now in Madrid, made in Thessalonike in 388.

Many pieces of gold jewellery (3rd to 5th century) have also come to light in excavations in the city's cemeteries.

Moreover, between the 4th and 6th centuries the mint of Thessalonike was in its heyday, with up to five 'officinae' (workshops), each of which marked its own characteristic letter on the coins it struck.

See Also
History - Late Antiquity (324-565)
Civilization - The mints of the Roman period
Metalwork (867-1204)
Coinage and pottery (565-867)
Graves (324-565)


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