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Description In the Christian East, priests and lay people have always taken Communion with both bread and wine (in the medieval West, wine was reserved for the clergy). The bread is soaked in the wine and presented to the worshipers with spoons like this one. Its inscription, "For the prayer of Heliodorus," shows that such gifts to a church were seen as permanent, material prayers for one's salvation. The church at Kaper Koraon, a relatively small settlement in Byzantine Syria, owned numerous silver vessels, of which 56 survive. A holy oil bottle and a chalice were also donated by the same Heliodorus.
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • 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.
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] + In fulfillment of a vow of HELIODOROS.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
ca. 565 (Late Antique)
Medium
silver, traces of niello
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.651
Measurements
1 x 7 1/16 in. (2.5 x 18 cm) (h. x l.); bowl: 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm) (w.)
Geography
  • Syria, Kurin (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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