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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: 7 13/16 × 6 3/16 in., 12.4oz. (19.9 × 15.7 cm, 351g) Diam. of foot: 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm) Diam. of knop: 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm) Capacity of cup: 1100 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:
1986.3.4
  • Description

    With a youthful Christ with cruciform halo flanked by a deacon saint with censer (probably Saint Stephen) and a youthful saint with staff, and the Virgin Mary in orant pose flanked by archangels, under arcades. Inscribed in Greek: For his salvation Diodoros of the village of Attaroutha has offered [this].

    The Virgin stands with her hands lifted in prayer. The orant pose—hands raised to heaven—is the earliest position for prayer in the Christian church.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [in Greek:] For his salvation Diodoros has offered [ this ] to [ 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)]

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