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Refers to the style and period of Christian art that developed in the easstern Mediterranean during the Byzantine Empire (330 - 1453 CE), was carried throughout much of the Christian world, and lasted into the 16th century in eastern Europe. The style is characterized by imperial and religious subject matter, and a movement away from the original Greek naturalistic forms to favor ritualistic stylization, intended to suggest the spiritual. For the style and period of the Italian and western Mediterranean Christian world roughly from the foruth to the mid-eighth century CE, use "Early Christian."

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Ruler: Justin II (565-574) (Struck in the name of)
Mint: Constantinople (After)
State: Roman Empire
Place of use: Byzantine Empire

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