Saint Demetrios, Steatite
Byzantine, early 11th century


première moitié ou milieu du XIe siècle (first half or middle of the 11th century)
Plaque: Saint Démétrios
Stéatite, rehauts d'or (Soapstone, gold highlights)
Height: 9.2 cm.; Width: 6.20 cm
Département des Objets d'art, Louvre OA 3969

by Giuseppe Rava
Referenced for plate D2 in Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tághmata and Imperial Guard by Timothy Dawson
2: Kataphraktos of the Eskoubitores
This heavy cavalryman of the Tághmata is reconstructed from a steatite plaque representing St Demetrios, today in the Louvre, Paris. He wears a klivanion with small scales or folides, completely gilded, and reinforced on the left arm by a zava formed by lamellae. It is worn over a thick, long-sleeved tunic (chiton) with embroidered cuffs. His cloak (chlamys) is fastened at the right shoulder. From his belt he wears a straight spathion with a trilobate pommel, and a kite-shaped shield hangs from his left shoulder.

Other resources for Byzantines:
The Portrait Illumination of Basil II, Psalter, Byzantine, c.1017
A Byzantine Ivory Casket, early 11th century, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Other Byzantine Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers

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