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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 9/16 x 6 5/8 in. (24.3 x 16.8 cm) Diam. of foot: 3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm) Diam. of knop: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm) Capacity of cup: 2100 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:
1986.3.1
  • Description

    This group of fifteen objects includes chalices, censers, a strainer, and a eucharistic dove. These silver liturgical objects are a fragmentary but nonetheless resplendent testimony to the material prosperity and religious devotion of a Christian community in the portion of the early Byzantine Empire that fell to Islam in the seventh century.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

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

  • Provenance

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

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