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Price: 54 USD

Size: 7,6 cm | 3 in wide

Butrint Mosaics Orange

100% Natural Silk Twill Necktie 

    Hand-made natural silk tie, Butrint Mosaics Orange, we designed from the photos of the mosaics decorating the floor of the 6 century AD paleo-christian Baptistery in the Albanian archeological pearl, the ancient city of Butrint.  

    - In the popular book “1000 Places To See Before You Die”, Butrint is not even mentioned.

    - Good! Butrint is so beautiful, intimate and special, that if everybody came to see it before they died, the place would die itself in spite of the UNESCO’s protection.

    We all want to find an island to live happy in isolation from the rest of the world. Butrint is not an island, but it is exactly such a desirable place. The Greeks colonized it and its pre-historic inhabitants in the late 7th century BC. Then came the Romans, the Byzantine Empire, the Venetians, the Ottoman Empire, and finally marshes and oblivion. Invaders came, built and vanished. But what they built is still there. And what is there excites archeologists, helps anthropologists, and inspires artists.

    It is said that forbidden fruit is sweeter. The Mosaics of the Butrint Baptistery are exactly this “forbidden fruit”. A layer of sand covers them, and only photos of some of them are scattered in different books and articles about Butrint. Those photos and our few visits to Butrint made us wish to transfer the mosaics to a silk scarf and tie. 

    Good photos of the mosaics that we got from a well known Albanian archeologist, Neritan Ceka, showed all the traces that time, water and earthquakes left on the mosaics. It was a challenge, and we took it. Our computer restoration of the damaged mosaics returned to them the initial color and missing parts. 

    The animals depicted in the mosaics have different symbolic meanings in early Christianity.  A Hen with chicks represents Jesus, who said “...How often I would have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings...” (Matthew 23:37); the birds surrounded with flowers represent  human souls in the garden of paradise.  The two fish is a very early Christian symbol, indicating baptism and the members of the Church who are christened. The two red roosters symbolize the remorse of Apostle Peter, and the narrow thread between life and death. 

    Dark powers are represented only by a dog and a leopard. The symbolic meaning of the dog is complicated and may have something to do with Cerberus, the keeper of the gates to the Kingdom of the Dead in Greek and Roman mythology. The leopard is an undoubted symbol of evil.

    The message of the Butrint Baptistery to Christians in the 5Th century AD was to show by symbolic and artistic means the relationship between Baptism and the Resurrection

    - What is the message of the tie Butrint Mosaics Orange  from our For Travel Lovers / Gift from Albanian Collection, which Triqita  made of some mosaics of the Butrint Baptistery? 

    - It has a few messages, and among them is to deliver to you the mysterious charm of Butrint and its gorgeous mosaics, which are so hidden that you may never see them otherwise. 

    Remember, that the ties from Triqita are also very good for breaking the ice and they are not just designer ties, but stylish, modern, useful, exquisite  and meaningful gifts.