Purchase, Rogers Fund, Bequest of George Blumenthal, by exchange, Alastair B. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Maxime L. Hermanos, Ilene Forsyth, and Anonymous Gifts, Gifts in memory of Vera Ostoia, and funds from various donors, 1989
During the early Byzantine period, the state controlled the silver industry. From the late fifth century through the reign of Constans II (641–68), imperial portraits or monograms were stamped on silver, usually on the back, to guarantee its purity.
Marking: (on bottom, within ring foot) seven imperial control stamps from the reign of Constans II
Private Collection ; [private sale, Sotheby's, London(December 14, 1981)]; J. William Middendorf II, Rhode Island; [ Edward R. Lubin, Works of Art, New York (sold 1989)]
Clark, William W., and Charles T. Little. "Notable Recent Acquisitions, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, New York." Gesta 29. no. 2 (1990). p. 240, fig. 5.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1989-1990." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 48, no. 2 (Fall 1990). p. 18.
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 43, pp. 34–35.