The Great Chalice of Antioch. Gustavus A. EISEN, A T. Olmstead.
The Great Chalice of Antioch.

The Great Chalice of Antioch.

New York, NY: Fahim Houchakji, 1933. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Folio (13 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches). 22pp. Original beige cloth with black lettering to spine and upper board. Colour frontispiece, black and white photographic plates, bibliography. A short study of the "Antioch Chalice" a small cup in a large, highly decorated shell, said to have been found at the ancient Christian center of Antioch (Antakya) in Turkey, in 1910. The interior cup of the chalice was thought by some to be the possible drinking cup used by Jesus and his apostles at the Last Supper, and the whole has been the subject of much debate. The author of this study, Gustavus Eisen, also wrote a massive two volume study of the chalice which was published in 1923. The chalice was bought by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950. Modern scholarship is still divided as to its origins etc., but it is generally thought to be of later date (probably fifth century, Byzantine) and some have posited that it was actually a lamp, rather than a cup. An additional copy of the colour frontisiece of the chalice loosely inserted. Light overall shelf-wear, otherwise a tight, clean VG+ copy in VG dust jacket (Dust jacket is lightly rubbed at all edges, light uneven fading to both panels, several closed tears to spine ends, not clipped.). Item #66812

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