This silver dish, found with the patera in this case (47.100.29), was worked on a lathe to create the decorative concentric circles on its interior. Its precise function is unclear. Objects of this type have appeared among sixth-century church vessels in the Byzantine east, where they were used as patens to carry the Eucharist. A similar example is depicted on a fourth-century sarcophagus from Rome, which shows the dish being used for hand-washing.
Found in Leyris, southern France; Private Collection(sold 1920); Sotheby's, London(December 6-7, 1920, no. 342); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1920–1921)]; Irwin Untermyer, New York (1921–1927); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1927–1928)]; William Randolph Hearst (American, 1863–1951), New York and San Simeon, CA. (in 1928); International Studio Corporation(owned by William Randolph Hearst; sold 1940); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1940–1947)]
Valuable Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities, Dec. 6 and 7. London: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, December 1920. no. 352, p. 51, pl. VII.
Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 368, p. 83.
Part Two of the Notable Art Collection Belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, May 11–14, 1949. no. 318, p. 74, ill. p. 75.