st. simeon

Plaque of St. Simeon the Stylite

A repousse votive plaque dedicated to the Syrian ascetic St. Simeon the Stylite. St. Simeon sits atop a column and is tempted by the devil in the form of a snake while a shell with a pearl (symbol of the Virgin birth) hangs in the heavens. A Greek inscription is faded at the bottom.

Cast out of gold and silver.

Made in the 490s, 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.