Detail of Sutton Hoo's Anastasius Platter

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 07 October 2016

This Byzantine silver platter is one of the largest to survive from the Byzantine Period. It measures almost 72 centimeters across and weighs 6.5 kilograms. The back is stamped with the control marks of Emperor Anastasius I, who reigned in Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire from 491-518 CE. This means that the platter was already around 100 years old when it was buried. Large silver platters formed the centerpiece of dining parties in the Byzantine Empire. After arriving in Anglo-Saxon England, this one's size and exotic origin would have transmitted powerful messages about its owner status. Donated by Mrs. Edith M. Pretty. 491-518 CE. From the ship-burial mound 1 at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England, UK. (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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