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Fragments of a Rectangular Polycandelon

mid 6th century
silver and niello

Not on view


This rectangular polycandelon is in eight pieces. The fragments include both end pieces. Each end has a single semicircular lobe pierced by two openings for lamps (identical to BZ.1963.36.7) and a single lateral border joining both ends and completing four lamp holes. Both end and side pieces have the same decorative elements of a trefoil within a heart-shaped motif. The central section is composed of an openwork vegetal design (no dolphins) supporting the monogram and inscription. There are five control stamps: four are at each corner between rivets (NB: loops for chains are circular instead of rectangular); the fifth stamp is cross-shaped and on the reverse of the monogram.

S. Boyd and M. Mundell-Mango, Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth Century Byzantium (Washington, DC, 1992), 10 n. 34, 25-27, 45 n. 57, 46 n. 60, 59, 60, 62, 69, checklist no. 35.

Acquisition History
Originally found near the village of Kumluca, Turkey.

Purchased from George Zacos (dealer) by Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Switzerland, 1965.

Given by Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 1965.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.