The Attarouthi Treasure - Chalice


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

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

An unusual aspect of these chalices is their repeated representation of military saints. The figures in armor killing a dragon may be the earliest surviving depictions of Saint George, who according to tradition was martyred in the eastern Mediterranean in the fourth century or earlier.

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

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