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One kind of metal that the Byzantines really liked to use was gold They got the gold form a place called Armenia and from mines and streams in Greece Byzantines described gold as condensed light from the sun and they made it the symbol of incorruptibility truth and glory It was sometimes mixed with silver or copper Gold was worked to create coins medallions enamel plaques jewelry elegant dishes for the home and containers for the church Gold foil was used in mosaic cubes book illumination and icon painting Gold wires were even woven into textiles and used in embroideries Another type of metal that they liked using lots was Silver The got most of their silver from mines in Armenia and Cyprus It was used to create works of art for the church including decorative pavements and icon frames Not very much personal jewelry was ever made of silver except for amulets Some of the techniques that they used to work the silver included carving it hammering it as a sheet from the reverse side or over a wooden form to make a raised image engraving and chasing they then filled the grooves with a black compound of silver and other elements then decorated it with cords made by melting together metal grains or beads to create raised patterns on a metal surface Silver works of art might be completely meant to imitate gold especially if they were to be set with gold enamel plaques and gems Some painters of icon panels were monks whereas others were lay artists The profession had considerable prestige since Saint Luke was believed to have painted icons including the first image of the Virgin Mary and many such artists were thought to have had supernatural aid in finishing their works Although in the sixth and seventh centuries painters used both encaustic pigment suspended in wax and tempera pigment suspended in egg yolk to create the colors of sacred
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