- Museum number
Hexagonal censer; silver; with low circular foot-rim; on the edges are three pierced ears for chains, now missing; each face is embossed with a bust within a border of conventional palm-leaves uniting at the angles in small medallions each engraved with a cross; the busts are arranged in two sets of three; Christ and the Virgin Mary are the central figures; Christ, like all the male figures, holds a book; to his left is St Peter holding a cross, and to his right St Paul; to the left of the Virgin is St John the Evangelist, and to her right St James; on the interior small fragments of bronze plates adhere, showing the vessel was once lined; on the bottom and within the foot are impressions of three stamps, damaged by the lathe after stamping.
- Production date
Diameter: 110 millimetres
Height: 75 millimetres
Weight: 256 grammes
- Curator's comments
- See also 1848,0601.13, 1899,0425.1, and 1848,0601.1.
Found with 1899,0425.1-28
For a recent history of the excavation of the Treasure see: R Merrillees, 'The modern history of the first Lambousa treasure of Byzantine silverware from Cyprus,' Antiquaries Journal 89 (2009), 1-15.
- On display (G41/dc14/sA)
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 19 Oct-18 Feb, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Imagining the divine: Art and the Rise of the World Religions
2012-2013 11 Nov-25 Aug, USA, Art Institute of Chicago, Tradition Transformed: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum
2011 22 Oct- 2012 5 Feb, Perth, Western Australian Museum, 'Extraordinary Stories'
2008-2009 25 Oct-22 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Byzantium 330-1453 AD
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number