Set of plates depicting life of David (The David Plates).
7th c Byzantine Byzantine (Early) Metalwork
EARLY BYZANTINE Anonymous
(330 - 843)
Hammered; Engraved; Punched; Chased
Istanbul (Constantinople). Turkey.
New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
6 of 9 plates found in Karavas Cyprus in 1902; 3 are in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia. The largest (middle) is of David and Goliath. Smaller plates from left: Saul arms David; David slays a lion; David before the enthroned Saul; David with soldier (or David encounters Eliab); Samuel anoints David. The backs have control stamps of Emperor Heraclius.