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Revetment of Altar Table Rim


Byzantine
mid 6th century
14 x 28.5 x 2 cm (5 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 13/16 in.)
silver
BZ.1965.1.10.i

Not on view


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Description
Uninscribed revetment of altar table rim, unrestored. BZ.1965.1.10h and i appear to be related. They differ from BZ.1965.1.10e-g both in their smaller dimensions and construction. BZ.1965.1.10h terminates at the right with a mitered edge while BZ.1965.1.10i appears to have a mitered edge, but this is actually a cut (note sharpness); it has not pitch on it. A seam is clearly visible on BZ.1965.1.10i where the solder join has oxidized an area is cut out a the bottom left.
Neither shows clear fold marks, but there is a defined ridge along the top of both and a very faint fold (?) line (it is tooled) is visible on BZ.1965.1.10h. Unlike the other uniscribed pieces, these have nail holes top and bottom. BZ.1965.1.10h has them also along its mitered side.


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, 32-33, fig. S60.1-S67.1, checklist numbers 60-67.

I. ?ev?enko, "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, 55.

S. Boyd, "Literary Evidence for Silver Tomb Revetments in the Early Christian Period," in Thymiama: Ste Mneme tes Laskarinas Boura 1 (Athens, 1994), 35-38.

G. Bühl, ed., Dumbarton Oaks: The Collections (Washington, D.C., 2008), 92, pl. p. 93.

F. A. Bauer, Gabe und Person: Geschenke als Träger personaler Aura in der Spätantike, Eichstätter Universitätsreden (Eichstätt, 2009), fig. 59a.


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.