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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 80

    A BYZANTINE TINNED BRONZE CHALICE BOWL

    CIRCA 9TH-11TH CENTURY A.D.

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    A BYZANTINE TINNED BRONZE CHALICE BOWL
    CIRCA 9TH-11TH CENTURY A.D.
    Preserving the upper portion, of hammered sheet, hemispherical in form, with an outsplayed rounded rim, the exterior incised with equidistant bust medallions of the Evangelists, St. John, St. Mark, St. Matthew and St. Luke, each with a beard and halo and identified by Greek inscriptions, another below the rim, reading: "Drink of this all of you. This is my blood of the New Testament"
    4 11/16 in. (12 cm.) diameter


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    This bowl would originally have been attached to a stem, for use as a drinking vessel. For a complete vessel with inscription below the rim, see p. 88 in Y. Israeli and D. Mevorah, Cradle of Christianity.

    Provenance

    with Janet Zakos, Basel.
    with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1996.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK STATE PRIVATE COLLECTION