Patera - 910.165.585_1

910.165.585_1

Patera

Medium:Cast and lathe-turned bronze
Geography: Found in al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: Late 5th or early 6th century CE
Period: Byzantine period
Dimensions:
4 x 23.3 x 14.3 cm, 292.7 g
Object number: 910.165.585
Not on view
DescriptionPaterae (shallow cups or saucers fitted with a handle) were vessels for the washing of hands before and after eating, as well as for poring libations on tombs. These utensils played a prominent part in everyday life in classical Antiquity, and were subsequently adopted by Christian Copts for use both in the liturgy and in domestic environment.
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