Gallery 302 - Byzantine Egypt (Crypt Gallery)
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Part of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries, this intimate room carved from the space under the Museum's Great Stairs showcases the art of Byzantine Egypt (330–646 C.E.)
Delicate gold jewelry, finely carved ivories, and exquisite gold-glass portraits attest to the wealth of the early Byzantine Empire's southernmost province. Textiles exhibited in rotation illustrate the vibrant colors and elaborate patterns found through the Byzantine world. Monumental stone carvings from the monasteries of Saqqara and Bawit as well as small-scale devotional and pilgrimage objects represent the art of the Christian community in Egypt.