The Attarouthi Treasure - Censer, Silver and gilded silver with copper liner, Byzantine

The Attarouthi Treasure - Censer

Made in Attarouthi, Syria
Silver and gilded silver with copper liner
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)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry J. and Drue E. Heinz Foundation, Norbert Schimmel, and Lila Acheson Wallace Gifts, 1986
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
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.
Inscription: [in Greek:] For the salvation of Kerykos, Barochios, and Martyrios, genuine brothers
From Attarouthi, Syria; [ Elias Bustros, Beirut (by 1940)]; [ Sleiman Abou Taam, Beirut and Switzerland (1965–1986)]
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