Jug with Medallions

Date: 6th–8th century

Culture: Byzantine

Medium: Copper alloy

Dimensions: Overall: 4 15/16 x 4 x 3 3/8 in. (12.5 x 10.2 x 8.6 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Copper

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1967

Accession Number: 67.200.2


The medallions wrapping around the neck of this jug, which was probably used to store liquids, are decorated with images of mounted riders. Such images were associated with the Holy Rider, who warded away evil, as well as with hunters who were identified with abundance and prosperity.