“Reliquary of St. Simeon the Stylite”
A repousse plaque from a reliquary of St. Simeon the Stylite, a Syriac ascetic. St. Simeon sits atop a column and is tempted by the devil in the form of a snake while Christ descends in a mandorla. A Syriac inscription is faded at the bottom.
Cast out of gold and silver.
Made in the 590s, shortly after St. Simeon’s death, in the Levant portion of the Byzantine Empire. Found at Maarrat al-Nu’man in Syria. Currently held at the Louvre.