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The Attarouthi Treasure - Chalice

Date:
late 6th–early 7th century
Geography:
Made in Attarouthi, Syria
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Silver and gilded silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 11/16 × 6 9/16 in., 16.7oz. (24.6 × 16.7 cm, 474g) Diam. of foot: 3 15/16 in. (10 cm) Diam. of knop: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm) Capacity of cup: 2000 ml
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry J. and Drue E. Heinz Foundation, Norbert Schimmel and Lila Acheson Wallace Gifts, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.3.2
  • Description

    An unusual aspect of these chalices is their repeated representation of military saints. The figures in armor killing a dragon may be the earliest surviving depictions of Saint George, who according to tradition was martyred in the eastern Mediterranean in the fourth century or earlier. An unusual aspect of these chalices is their repeated representation of military saints. The figures in armor killing a dragon may be the earliest surviving depictions of Saint George, who according to tradition was martyred in the eastern Mediterranean in the fourth century or earlier.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [in Greek:] Of [the Church of] Saint Stephen of the village of Attarouthi

  • Provenance

    From Attarouthi, Syria; [ Elias Bustros, Beirut (by 1940)]; [ Sleiman Abou Taam, Beirut and Switzerland (1965–1986)]

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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