Description This rare and beautifully preserved flask is one of the first to depict St. Sergios on horseback, surrounded by the inscription: "Blessing of the Lord of Saint Sergios." The cult of this 3rd-century saint reached its height of popularity in the 6th century, at the site of his martyrdom in Sergiopolis (in northern Syria).
- Treasures of Heaven. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The British Museum, London. 2010-2011.
Provenance Private collection, Haddad [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Antiquarium, Ltd. Fine Ancient Art Gallery, New York, by purchase [date of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2000, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On both sides: + Εὐλογία Κ(υρίο)υ τοῦ ἁγίου Σεργίου; [Translation] + Blessing of the Lord from [the sanctuary] of Saint Sergius
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2000
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