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Fragments of a Rectangular Polycandelon

mid 6th century
silver and niello

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Two fragments of rectangular polycandelon consisting of: (a) central rectangular area with two pairs of dolphins supporting monogram and inscription (identical to BZ.63.36.5-7), and (b) length of single lateral border (in two joining pieces) consisting of two openwork heart-shaped elements enclosing trefoils, and parts of two openwork circles.

These two pieces may or may not belong together.

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, (Table 1): checklist no. 34.

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.