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The cup has ring handles topped by flat plates of lunate form with trapezoidal projections in the line of the handles. An inscribed band between the handles is flanked by a gilded profiled rim (above) and a gilded profiled band below. The body is hemispherical. The high foot consists of a...

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By date unknown: the chalice was found years ago in Syria, passing through collections in Lebanon (Fuad Alouf Bey) and Switzerland; 1970: purchased by Robert E. Hecht, Jr. from a businessman in Switzerland; December 8, 1971: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, 6th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 051.


Height (max.): 18 cm. (7 1/16 in.); Width (max. at handles): 26.6 cm (10 1/2 in.); Width (bowl): 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World