Bowl from the Cyprus Treasure

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 02 October 2016

This vessel, decorated with Christian imagery may have been used in religious ceremonies. The figure depicted may be the Christian martyr Saint Sergius, a high-ranking soldier who was tortured and executed during the prosecutions of Emperor Diocletian (reigned 284-305 CE). He is dressed in a military cloak (chlamys) and a tunic pinned at the shoulder with a crossbow brooch (fibula). He also wears a type of neck-ring known as maniakion. Part of the Cyprus Treasure. At the end of 1800s CE, villagers recovered a remarkable hoard of Byzantine silver while quarrying stone from the ancient ruins of Lambousa, a town on the north coast of Cyprus. The hoard was found near the Acheripoetos Monastery, which was built on the site of an earlier Christian church from 500s CE. The pieces in the Cyprus Treasure may have originally belonged to this church.
Circa 641-651 CE. Made in Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul, Turkey; found at Acheripoetos Monastery, Kyrenia, modern-day Nicosia, Cyprus. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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