1 5/16 x 2 5/8 in.
Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020
This silver votive (tama; pl. tamata) is in the shape of a human eye. A small hole at the upper end allows it to be hung at a holy site. Christian votives in the shape of body parts is part of a long tradition that dates to the Early Byzantine period.
This votive features an Ottoman Tughra control stamp to the right of the pupil.
See also 2020.151.
Purchased from Iconastas, London, on October 24, 1992.
The Byzantine World, The Islamic World