Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection Publications

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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4.Cover: Byzantine Coinage

Byzantine Coinage

Grierson, Philip

This booklet covers phases of the coinage, gold, silver, and copper coinage, types and inscriptions, and ruler representations. Tables of values corresponding with various times in the empire’s history, a list of Byzantine emperors, and a glossary are also provided.

5.Cover: Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art: Revised Edition

Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art: Revised Edition

Vikan, Gary

Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art explores the portable artifacts of eastern Mediterranean pilgrimage from the fifth to the seventh century, presenting them in the context of contemporary pilgrims’ texts and the archaeology of sacred sites. The book shows how the iconography and devotional piety of Byzantine pilgrimage art changed, and it surveys the material and social culture of pilgrimage.

10.Cover: Byzantine Figural Processional Crosses

Byzantine Figural Processional Crosses

Cotsonis, John A.
Boyd, Susan A.
Maguire, Henry

Scarcely any object was as ubiquitous in Byzantine culture as the cross. This exhibition catalogue focuses on the figural processional cross, and the examples here provide opportunity to consider the various functions such crosses served in the imperial, ecclesiastic, military, and private sphere for both men and women.

11.Cover: Lighting in Early Byzantium

Lighting in Early Byzantium

Bouras, Laskarina
Parani, Maria G.

This book is the first general survey of lighting in Byzantium. The first part of the book discusses the technology and types of lighting devices and explains their decorative symbolism and social function. The second half illustrates this narrative by drawing on a Dumbarton Oaks exhibition.

12.Cover: Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection

Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection

Foss, Clive

This illustrated handbook presents a concise history of the development of the coinage of the early Arab caliphate in the seventh century. The historical introduction, which includes descriptions of all the basic types, is followed by a summary catalogue of the recently acquired collection of Arab-Byzantine coins at Dumbarton Oaks.

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