Title

Votive Eye

Creator

Creation Date

ca. 1840

Culture

Greek, Orthodox

Medium

Silver

Dimensions

1 5/16 x 2 5/8 in.

Credit Line

Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020

Accession Number

2020.152

Description

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.

Provenance

Purchased from Iconastas, London, on October 24, 1992.

Collection

The Byzantine World, The Islamic World

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