11th C Triumphal Klivanion - Emperors entered the City through the Golden Gate, they were met by a party of Prôtospatharioi on horseback. Those courtiers wore gilded klivania over a garment described as a “true-purple spekion with gold clavii”. Taken from a manuscript portrait of the Proximos Iôannês, donor of the Adrianople Gospels. That picture is annotated, not only with the donor’s name, but with his rank, court function and the date of execution, 1007. Created by Tim Dawson, Leeds.
Controversial Byzantine armour, the 'mirror' klivanion Found in only a handful of frescos it is often thought to be an artist''s fantasy. Created under the the careful hand of Dimitris Katsikis, tested by the group Koryvantes this subject of experimental archaeology comes to life and proves to be a robust and unique form of armour. The only evidence we have are 3 frescos in monasteries (13 - 14th century). One in Mouth Athos, one in Epirus and one in Serbia.