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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: 8 1/16 × 6 1/4 in., 12.2oz. (20.4 × 15.9 cm, 347g) Diam. of foot: 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm) Diam. of knop: 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm) Capacity of cup: 1550 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:
1986.3.5
  • Description

    With a youthful Christ with cruciform halo flanked by a deacon saint holding a Gospel book (?) and a saint with staff and shield, and the Virgin Mary in orant pose flanked by archangels, under arcades Inscribed in Greek: For the repose of the soul of Anastasia and the salvation of John, deacon of Saint Stephen of the village of Attarathion

    The generous size of these chalices is evidence of the large number of Christians residing around Attarouthi prior to the rise of Islam.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [in Greek:] I, Diodoros, deacon, express my gratitude to God and Saints Stephen and George and also to the people of the village of Attarouthi

  • Provenance

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

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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