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Votive Plaque with a Female Saint
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Votive Plaque with a Female Saint

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Description This thin silver piece shows a female saint with an inscription that translates as: "Lord, help." It was 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. The practice of leaving votives at shrines continues to this day.
  • 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]; Joseph Brummer, New York [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Transcription] K [Y]PIE BOHOI; [Translation] Lord, help
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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6th-7th century (Late Antique)
silver alloy
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 1 3/16 x W: 1 in. (3.01 x 2.54 cm)
  • Syria (Place of Origin)
  • Syria, Ma'aret en-Noman (Place of Discovery)


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