Exhibitions/ Art Object

Chalice with Inscription in the Dialect of the Fayyum

6th–7th century (chalice); Early Islamic period (inscription)
Made in Egypt
Silver with gold and gilded silver inlay
H: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); diam: 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités Orientales, Paris (OA 11311)
Not on view
Following Byzantine tradition, an inscription identifies the owner of the chalice as a site in the Fayyum, an area noted for textile production. The opening phrase, "In the name of God"—a standard Muslim phrase—came into Christian use during the early period of Muslim rule in the region.
Inscription: In the Fayyumic dialect of Coptic: In the name of God, it is the precious object of the Virgin [or the community of the Virgins] of Pelcisok-Aburš. In peace. Amen.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.