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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 1/4 x 5 3/16 in. (8.2 x 13.2 cm) Overall (hanging with chain): 15 1/16 x 5 3/16 in. (38.2 x 13.2 cm) Diam. of foot: 2 5/16 in. (5.9 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:
1986.3.11
  • Description

    In early images of Christ he is always shown as a youth with short, curly hair. His halo is cruciform with three arms to represent the cross upon which he died. The flanking medallions containing archangels, the guardians of heaven, suggest that here Christ is shown in heaven.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [in Greek:] Of [ the Church of ] Saint John 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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