Exhibitions/ Art Object

Chalice with Scenes of the Adoration of the Cross

Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Syria or Byzantine Palestine
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
H: 5 7/8 in.; diam. at rim: 6 in. (H: 14.9 cm; diam. at rim: 15.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (BZ.1937.21)
Not on view
This chalice features two scenes of the Adoration of the Cross: on one side, two angels approach a stepped shrine containing a large jeweled cross, likely representing the cross at Golgotha. The fragmentary scene on the other side depicts a man facing the cross, arms raised in prayer.