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Silver Chalice


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description State officials in the early Byzantine Empire often inspected newly made silver objects and stamped them to attest to the purity of the metal. Four such stamps on the bottom of this cup for Communion wine contain, together with the inspectors' names, the monograms of Emperor Justinian (ruled 527-65) and of his minister Peter (served 547-50). The donor of the chalice was a state official whose name is recorded in the text along the rim: "For the prayer and salvation of the imperial agent Symeonius and of his household."
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/01/1947Treatmentcleaned; coated
6/09/1959Examinationother
10/01/1959Treatmentcleaned; coated
1/12/1985Technical Reportexamined for technical study
6/25/1985Treatmentcleaned
9/19/1986Treatmentcleaned
2/19/1988Examinationtechnical study
2/20/1988Treatmentother
11/14/1997Treatmentcleaned
1/01/1999Loan Considerationexamined for exhibition
5/31/2001Treatmentcoated
12/01/2007Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Silver Treasure from Early Byzantium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Museum of Biblical Art, New York; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 2008-2009.
  • Wine and Spirit: Rituals, Remedies, and Revelry. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester. 2010-2011.
Provenance [Excavated in Syria, ca. 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] Encircling the top of the cup: + In fulfillment of a vow and [for] the salvation of SYMEONIOS, magistr[ianos], and of THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM; [Stamp] Five stamps inside the foot
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
547-550 (Late Antique)
Medium
silver, traces of silver sulfide inlay
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.633
Measurements
H at cup rim: 4 15/16 x Diam: 4 11/16 in. (12.5 x 11.9 cm); Diam at foot rim: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Geography
  • Kurin, Syria (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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