During most of the earty periods, religion was one of the chief motives for a change in style, and when Christianity became predominant during the Byzantine Empire, ancient classic art was put aside. The old heathen temple and its decorations did not satisfy these early Christians, so they developed a style which is known as Byzantine. One of its chief characteristics was the ornamentation. The peculiar sharp poi-itert acanthus leaf being used extensively, mosiacs and ■ ch decorative effects were also prominent features. Very little furniture was produced. Probably the most interesting piece left is the chair of "St. Peter" in Rome. It was inlaid with ivory and gold, and is erne of the oldest pieces of wooden furniture m existence.
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