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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: 8 1/8 × 5 7/8 in., 12.7oz. (20.7 × 14.9 cm, 360g) Diam. of foot: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam. of knop: 1 9/16 in. (3.9 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:
1986.3.9
  • Description

    The stars probably represent the star of Bethlehem that announced Christ's birth, the crosses the manner of his death. They are symbols of the birth and death of Christ, events commemorated in the Eucharist for which these chalices were made.

  • 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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