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Chalice


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The celebration of the Divine Liturgy is one of the most important ceremonies in the Christian Church. This chalice is part of a silver service (with Walters 57.634, 57.635, 57.645, 57.644, 57.649, 57.646, 57.650, and 57.638) that is one of only four to survive from the first "golden age" of Byzantium (6th century). Each of the vessels in this service performed a sacred function in the liturgical service. This chalice, or cup, held the wine of the Eucharist (symbolizing the blood of Christ). This silver service was found in Syria in 1910, in the village of Kurin. The Greek form of its name, Kaper Koraon, is inscribed on several pieces in the treasure, including a chalice, which reads: "...treasure of the Church of St. Sergios of the village of Kaper Koraon." Almost all of the vessels record the names of donors who gave pieces from their private dinner services in fulfillment of a vow, to gain divine blessing, or in prayer for salvation.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/01/1947Treatmentcleaned; coated
10/01/1959Treatmentcleaned; coated
3/09/1978Treatmentother
1/12/1985Technical Reportexamined for technical study
7/01/1985Treatmentcleaned
2/19/1988Examinationtechnical study
2/20/1988Treatmentother
9/16/1999Examinationexamined for condition
9/21/1999Loan Considerationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Silver Treasure from Early Byzantium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
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.
Inscriptions [Translation] + For the prayer and salvation of Theophilus’ [sons] John, Thomas, and Mannos [Stamp] Five stamps inside the foot
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
602-610 (Late Antique)
Medium
silver with traces of gilding
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.642
Measurements
H: 6 x Diam of body: 5 3/16 in. (15.2 x 13.2 cm); Diam of foot: 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm)
Geography
  • Syria, Kurin (Place of Discovery)

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