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Fragmentary Rectangular Polycandelon with Monogram


Byzantine
mid 6th century
silver, gilding and niello
BZ.1963.36.7

Not on view


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Description
Five detached pieces of a rectangular polycandelon with pairs of dolphins supporting a monogram and semi-circular end pieces. The central rectangular portion is very similar to those of BZ.1963.36.5 and BZ.1963.36.6, but the tails of the dolphins join above and below the central roundel (with same inscription and monogram), instead of ending on either side of a circular opening. Rim along the sides the same as on BZ.1963.36.5 but at ends the rim is a single lobe, semicircular, with two circular openings flanking an openwork heart motif comparable in design of those along the sides. Four rectangular loops. Four control stamps on our near rivets for these loops, and a fifth stamp on reverse (i.e. top side) of monogram.


Bibliography
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. 33.


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

Purchased from George Zacos (dealer) by Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Switzerland, 1963.

Given by Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 1963.

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