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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 x 5 3/16 in. (7.6 x 13.1 cm) Overall (hanging with chain): 15 3/4 x 5 3/16 in. (40 x 13.1 cm) Diam. of foot: 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Steel
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry J. and Drue E. Heinz Foundation, Norbert Schimmel, and Lila Acheson Wallace Gifts, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.3.13
  • Description

    With Saint John the Forerunner, a youthful saint, a deacon saint with a censer (probably Saint Stephen), a saint in orant pose, and crosses Inscribed in Greek: For the salvation of Kerykos, son of Michaelios, and Martyrios, genuine brothers.

    These censers retain their original copper liners, which held hot coals and incense. Deacons swung the censers, releasing the perfume of the incense to honor the Gospel, the altar, and the objects used in the Eucharist.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [in Greek:] For the salvation of Kerykos, Barochios, and Martyrios, genuine brothers

  • Provenance

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

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