The high foot and large cup of this elegant work are typical features of chalices used in the early church for the distribution of consecrated wine during the Divine Liturgy (Eucharist). The inscription records a family’s hope for salvation in the afterlife.
Inscription: (with letters, around rim and foot) Greek (around rim); (around foot, fragmentary) Greek (translation: For [the] repose [of the soul] of Charouphas and [for the] salvation of Thekla [and of their children])
[ Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (sold 1945)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1945–sold 1947)]
The Dark Ages: Loan Exhibition of Pagan and Christian Art in the Latin West and Byzantine East. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Art Museum, 1937. no. 81, p. 35.