The Attarouthi Treasure - Chalice


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

With Saint John the Forerunner, a deacon saint (probably Saint Stephen), a bishop saint, and crosses

Inscribed in Greek: Of Saint John of the village of Atarothis

The figure carrying a Gospel book and swinging a censer to cense and honor the text is probably Saint Stephen. One of the first seven deacons of the Christian church and its first martyr (Acts of the Apostles 6 and 7), he was a popular saint throughout the Christian world in this period.

The Attarouthi Treasure - Chalice, Silver and gilded silver, Byzantine

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