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Votive Plaque with Eyes
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Votive Plaque with Eyes


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This thin silver piece shows a pair of almond-shaped eyes above an inscription that translates: "In fulfillment of a vow." The words identify the plaquette as a votive, or offering, left by pilgrims at a shrine in order to ask for divine assistance, or to give thanks for a miraculous cure (with reference to the healed body part). The practice of leaving votives at shrines continues to this day.
Exhibitions
  • Sacred Souvenirs: Byzantine Pilgrimage Art. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington. 1982.
  • Silver Treasure from Early Byzantium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Treasures of Heaven. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The British Museum, London. 2010-2011.
Provenance [Found near Ma'aret en-Noman, Syria, prior to 1945]; M. Henri Seyrig, Beirut [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1956, by gift.
Inscriptions [Translation] In fulfillment of a vow
Credit Gift of M. Henri Seyrig, 1956

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Period
6th-7th century (Late Antique)
Medium
silver alloy
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1865.563
Measurements
H: 1 1/8 x W: 1 1/2 in. (2.86 x 3.81 cm)
Geographies
  • Syria (Place of Origin)
  • Syria, Ma'aret en-Noman (Place of Discovery)

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