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January 13, 2023
Historical Archive: Sion Treasure
silver, gilding, niello. Around 550 to 575, many pieces with imperial control stamp from 550-65
Some inscriptions refer to "Holy Sion" church.
found near Kumluca, Turkey
Revetment for altar table: BZ.1963.36.11, 1965.1.10, edge 5 cm high (2 inches)
Paten with Christogram: BZ.1963.36.1, diameter 60.5 cm (23.8 inches)
Paten with cross (displayed upright): BZ.1963.36.2, diameter 58 cm (22.8 inches)
Asterisk: BZ.1979.5, 28.7 x 50.5 cm (11.3 x 19.9 inches)
Chalice: BZ.1965.1.11, 10.2 x 17 cm (4 x 6.7 inches)
Openwork lamp with solid inscription: BZ.1965.1.6, 21 cm (8.3 inches)
Hexagonal censer: BZ.1965.1.5, 15 x 20 cm (5.9 x 7.87 inches)
Openwork lamp with openwork inscription: BZ.1965.1.12, 10.3 x 15.5 cm (4 x 6.1 inches)
Book cover: BZ.1963.36.9-10, right panel 37.2 x 30 cm (14.6 x 11.8 inches)
Displayed with silver pyxis 5th c., ivory pyxis late 5th-6th c., silver processional cross 6th-early 7th c.
Washington, D.C., Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection