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Sheathing for Column


Byzantine
mid 6th century
43 cm x 8.8 cm (16 15/16 in. x 3 7/16 in.)
silver
BZ.1965.1.9

On view


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Additional Image Before restoration
Before restoration
Additional Image Detail of chevron border
Detail of chevron border
Additional Image Detail, change in letter gamma
Detail, change in letter gamma
Additional Image Detail, flange at top
Detail, flange at top
Additional Image Detail, flange at top
Detail, flange at top
Additional Image Detail, inscription
Detail, inscription
Additional Image Detail, inscription
Detail, inscription
Additional Image Detail, inscription
Detail, inscription
Additional Image Detail, inscription
Detail, inscription
Additional Image Full view with capital (BZ.1963.36.13)
Full view with capital (BZ.1963.36.13)
Additional Image Two columns (BZ.1963.36.13, BZ.1965.1.9, BZ.1963.36.12, and BZ.1963.36.18)
Two columns (BZ.1963.36.13, BZ.1965.1.9, BZ.1963.36.12, and BZ.1963.36.18)


Description
The inscription on this silver column revetment reads, “This was renewed in the time of Theodore, most holy bishop.” It suggests that this piece and its companion pieces (accession nos. BZ.1963.36.12, BZ.1963.36.13, and BZ.1963.36.18) were part of a refurbishment project for some ecclesiastic furniture, although just what they may have adorned is not certain. They may have covered the supports of an altar table, a large stand for a lamp or candle, supports for a canopy over the altar, or even part of a templon, a low wall, sometimes colonnaded, that divided the nave from the sanctuary in early Byzantine churches. The templon of the church of Hagia Sophia, for example, was covered in silver. These pieces were apparently gifts to the church of Holy Sion in southern Anatolia in the sixth century.

- J. Hanson


Bibliography
S. A. Boyd, "A 'Metropolitan' Treasure from a Church in the Provinces: An introduction to the Study of the Sion Treasure," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., ed. S.A. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 5-37, esp. 12, pl. S55.2-6, checklist no. 55.

I. Sevcenko, "The Sion Treasure: The Evidence of the Inscriptions," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., ed. S.A. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 39-56, esp. 41 n. 24, 49 nn. 76-77, 50 n. 80.

R. Newman and H. Lie, "The Technical Examination and Conservation of Objects in the Sion Treasure," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., ed. S.A. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 77-94, esp. 79, 81, 83-84.

P. Meyers, "Elemental Compositions of the Sion Treasure and Other Byzantine Silver Objects," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., ed. S. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 169-75, esp. 174, 180, table 1 no. 40.

J. Durand, L'art byzantin (Paris, 1999), 53, fig. p. 46.

F. A. Bauer, Gabe und Person: Geschenke als Träger personaler Aura in der Spätantike, Eichstätter Universitätsreden (Eichstätt, 2009), 60, 61, fig. 58.

J. Bogdanovic, The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church, Oxford University Press (2017), fig. 53.


Acquisition History
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.