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Chalice

Date:
6th century, 20th century restorations
Geography:
Made in Antioch, Syria
Culture:
Syrian
Medium:
Silver, parcel gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/8 x 7 1/16 in. (18.7 x 17.9 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.34
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
The high foot and large cup of this elegant work are typical features of chalices used in the early church for the distribution of consecrated wine during the Divine Liturgy (Eucharist). The inscription records a family’s hope for salvation in the afterlife.
Inscription: (with letters, around rim and foot) Greek (around rim); (around foot, fragmentary) Greek (translation: For [the] repose [of the soul] of Charouphas and [for the] salvation of Thekla [and of their children])
[ Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (sold 1945)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1945–sold 1947)]
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