Gold Goblet with Personifications of Cyprus, Rome, Constantinople, and Alexandria

Gold | 16.8 x 12.2cm | 700s

Unknown Artist

This goblet is decorated with female personifications of four major ecclesiastical centers in the Byzantine world. The awkwardly written identifications suggest that this goblet was an Avar attempt to imitate a Byzantine chalice.

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