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Silver Dish

Date:
3rd century
Geography:
Made in Gaul
Culture:
Late Roman
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. (3.5 x 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.28
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    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)]

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