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Revetment for Altar Table Rim

6th century
19.5 x 29 x 5 cm (7 11/16 x 11 7/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Not on view


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Additional Image 7 fragments, before restoration
7 fragments, before restoration
Additional Image BZ.1963.36.11a  obverse
BZ.1963.36.11a obverse
Additional Image BZ.1963.36.11a reverse
BZ.1963.36.11a reverse
Additional Image BZ.1963.36.11b   reverse
BZ.1963.36.11b reverse
Additional Image BZ.1963.36.11b obverse before restoration
BZ.1963.36.11b obverse before restoration
Additional Image BZ.1963.36.11c  reverse
BZ.1963.36.11c reverse
Additional Image BZ.1963.36.11c obverse before restoration
BZ.1963.36.11c obverse before restoration
Additional Image corner view, facing BZ.1963.36.11a-d
corner view, facing BZ.1963.36.11a-d
Additional Image Detail, mitered corner BZ.1963.36.11a-d
Detail, mitered corner BZ.1963.36.11a-d
Additional Image facing corner,  BZ.1963.36.11b-d, after assembly
facing corner, BZ.1963.36.11b-d, after assembly
Additional Image from side, facing BZ.1963.36.11b-c, after assembly
from side, facing BZ.1963.36.11b-c, after assembly
Additional Image Front edge with inscription
Front edge with inscription
Additional Image Reconstruction drawing
Reconstruction drawing

These revetments (BZ.1963.36.11a-c) together form the right half of the narrow inscribed front rim of an altar table. Although now broken into three pieces along the vertical fold lines, they originally comprised a single sheet of silver with the middle part of the dedicatory inscription.

BZ. 1963.36.11a, the left fragment, has not been restored and remains folded over onto itself. Its straight left edge would have been overlapped by the preceding sheet, BZ. 1965.1.10a-d. Its right edge is torn and damaged.

BZ.1963.36.11b-c completed the inscription on the front right side and terminates at the right in a mitred edge. It has been restored and is mounted with other fragments as the right short side of the Altar Table (see BZ.1963.36.11 for the restored altar).

The inscription on these theee pieces reads: "of his parents, and brothers, and their children (nieces or nephews), and Nicholas, Se[everus]"

The inscription, in repoussé letters, covered the narrow edge of the altar (5 cm high). Horizontal fold lines define the parts, with the bottom section with nail holes measuring only 3-4 cm. However, because of the mitering of the edges, and because the third fold line (turning over the back of the table) is very faint, one must conclude that the section of the beam was rectangular, that is twice a deep as it was high. The inscription (complete) is divided into two long sections, each end terminated by a mitered edge. This indicates that one long architectural member met a shorter one at right angles.

S. Boyd and M. Mundell-Mango, Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth Century Byzantium (Washington, DC, 1992), 5, 12, 18 n.87, 32-33, 39 n.2, 45 n.58, 47 n.69, 49 n.77, 50 n.80. Checklist # 60.

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.