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Chalice with Apostles Venerating the Cross

Byzantineearly 7th century (Late Antique)

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Encircling this graceful, arcaded chalice are two pairs of apostles flanking large crosses. The chalice is one of twenty-three silver altar vessels (formerly known as the "Hama Treasure") believed to have been found in the Syrian village of Kurin. The Greek form of the name, Kaper Koraon, is inscribed on the chalice. The treasure was probably hidden in the 8th century when, as a consequence of Arab conquests, parts of Syria were gradually abandoned by Byzantine Christians. These altar vessels form part of The Walters' rich holdings in Byzantine silver.

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  • Title: Chalice with Apostles Venerating the Cross
  • Date Created: early 7th century (Late Antique)
  • Physical Dimensions: h16.3 cm
  • Type: chalices
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: silver repoussé, partial gilt
  • Provenance: [Excavated in Syria, 1908-1910]; Tawfic Abucasem, Hama and Port Said, ca. 1913, by purchase; Joseph Brummer, Paris, ca. 1928, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Kurin, Syria
  • Inscriptions: [Translation] + Prayer of Pelagius [and] Basianus (or: Prayer of Pelagius, [son] of Basianus). Sacred vessel of [the Church of] Saint Sergius in the village of Kaper Koraon.
  • ExhibitionHistory: Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947; Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985; Silver Treasure from Early Byzantium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001; Byzantium, 330-1453. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 2008
  • Artist: Byzantine

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