Chalice (?) with Two Strands of Ivy (?)

Syria
5th century
c. A.D. 400
Mosaic
18 1/16 x 19 in. (45.8 x 48.2 cm)
AP 1972.22
Currently On View
This chalice is a flattened, schematized image of a vessel with a hemispherical bottom from which rises a hollow stem with two strands of ivy streaming from the top. The chalice, a cup that holds the consecrated wine and water of the Eucharist, is by extension associated with the Last Supper and Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. The ivy is an allusion to immortality.

Provenance

(Elie Borowski (1913-2003), Basel, Switzerland); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1972.