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Chalice from the Beth Misona Treasure, Constantinople or Syria, c. 500-700 (silver)

Chalice from the Beth Misona Treasure, Constantinople or Syria, c. 500-700 (silver)


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Chalice from the Beth Misona Treasure, Constantinople or Syria, c. 500-700 (silver)

491375 Chalice from the Beth Misona Treasure, Constantinople or Syria, c.500-700 (silver) by Byzantine; h:17.10 w:14.90 Wt: 336 grams cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: These four liturgical silver vessels--a paten and three chalices (1950.378-381)--form what is now called the Beth Misona Treasure, named for the village in northern Syria for which the objects were made. While nothing is known about the exact location and circumstances of the treasures discovery, the people of the village of Beth Misona were, like other Christian communities in Syria and Palestine, probably forced to bury their church silver to hide it from the Persians or Arabs, who conquered their lands in the first half of the 7th century. The paten, which held pieces of Eucharistic bread used during Mass, is decorated with an engraved Latin cross surrounded by a dedicatory inscription that names the patens donor--Domnos--and its original location--the church of Saint Sergios in Beth Misona. The chalices, which contained the Eucharistic wine used during Mass, feature broad cups decorated with portrait busts of Saints Peter and Paul, Christ, and the Virgin. One chalice bears a dedicatory inscription naming its donor--Kyriakos, Domnoss son--and the priest of the church that received the pious gift--Zeno.
); Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund; out of copyright

Media ID 22403260

© Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund / Bridgeman Images

Byzantine Period Byzantium C06th C07th Chalice Constantinople Silver Syria


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This print showcases the exquisite Chalice from the Beth Misona Treasure, a remarkable piece of Byzantine art dating back to 500-700 AD. Crafted in silver, this chalice is believed to have originated from either Constantinople or Syria. Part of a larger collection of liturgical silver vessels, the Beth Misona Treasure gets its name from the village in northern Syria where these objects were created. The circumstances surrounding their discovery remain unknown; however, it is speculated that Christian communities like those in Beth Misona buried their church silver to protect it from Persian or Arab conquerors during the 7th century. The paten featured in this treasure held Eucharistic bread used during Mass and boasts an engraved Latin cross surrounded by a dedicatory inscription naming its donor as Domnos and its original location as the church of Saint Sergios in Beth Misona. On the other hand, the chalices contained Eucharistic wine and are adorned with broad cups embellished with portrait busts of Saints Peter and Paul, Christ, and the Virgin Mary. One chalice even bears an inscription identifying Kyriakos as its donor and Zeno as the priest who received this pious gift. Now housed at Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, USA, this stunning artifact offers us a glimpse into early Christian worship practices while showcasing exceptional craftsmanship that has stood the test of time.

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