With a youthful Christ with a cruciform halo, a deacon saint with censer (probably Saint Stephen), a youthful saint with staff, the Virgin Mary in orant pose, a military saint in armor killing a dragon (Saint George ?), and a long-haired Saint John the Forerunner, under arcades
Inscribed in Greek: Of Saint Stephen of the village of Attaroutha
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Military Saint in Armor Killing a Dragon
Saint John the Forerunner
Christ with Cruciform Halo
Deacon Saint with Censer
Saint with Staff
The Virgin Mary
Group view (1986.3.1 – 1986.3.14)
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Title:The Attarouthi Treasure - Chalice
Geography:Made in Attarouthi, Syria
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
Credit Line:Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry J. and Drue E. Heinz Foundation, Norbert Schimmel and Lila Acheson Wallace Gifts, 1986
Inscription: [in Greek:] Of [the Church of] Saint Stephen of the village of Attarouthi
Church in Attarouthi, Syria; [ Elias Bustros, Beirut (by 1940)]; [ Sleiman Abou Taam, Beirut and Switerland (1965–1986)]
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