12 April 2016
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
with Janet Zakos, Basel.
with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York.
Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1996.
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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.
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