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The Attarouthi Treasure - Censer

Date:
late 6th–early 7th century
Geography:
Made in Attarouthi, Syria
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Silver and gilded silver with copper liner
Dimensions:
Overall (without chain): 3 3/8 x 5 3/16 x 4 15/16 in. (8.5 x 13.2 x 12.6 cm) Overall (hanging with chain): 16 5/16 x 5 3/16 x 4 15/16 in. (41.5 x 13.2 x 12.6 cm) Diam. of foot: 2 5/16 in. (5.8 cm)
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:
1986.3.12
  • Description

    Silver; copper liner With a youthful Christ with a cruciform halo, Saint John the Forerunner, the Virgin Mary in orant pose, a deacon saint (probably Saint Stephen), and crosses Inscribed in Greek: For the sake of the repose of the soul[s] of Ertha and Stephen, children of Kyriakos
    1986.3.12

    Saint John the Forerunner's long hair and beard refers to his time in the Judean wilderness before his baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:1-12, John 1:1-34).

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [in Greek:] For the repose of the souls of Ertha and Stephen, children of Kyriakos

  • Provenance

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

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