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 3/8 x 5 3/16 x 4 15/16 in. (8.5 x 13.2 x 12.6 cm)
Overall (hanging with chain): 16 5/16 x 5 3/16 x 4 15/16 in. (41.5 x 13.2 x 12.6 cm)
Diam. of foot: 2 5/16 in. (5.8 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 a youthful Christ with a cruciform halo, Saint John the Forerunner, the Virgin Mary in orant pose, a deacon saint (probably Saint Stephen), and crosses

Inscribed in Greek: For the sake of the repose of the soul[s] of Ertha and Stephen, children of Kyriakos

Saint John the Forerunner's long hair and beard refers to his time in the Judean wilderness before his baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:1–12, John 1:1–34).
Inscription: [in Greek:] For the repose of the souls of Ertha and Stephen, children of Kyriakos
From Attarouthi, Syria; [ Elias Bustros, Beirut (by 1940)]; [ Sleiman Abou Taam, Beirut and Switzerland (1965–1986)]
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