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These decorated plates date to the reign of the Byzantine emperor Herakleios (r. 610–41) and were used at banquets to assert their owner's status and education. In 628–29, Herakleios defeated stronger Persian forces to regain control over Jerusalem, Egypt, and other Byzantine territories. The biblical figures' contemporary dress may be meant to associate the emperor with David, who is depicted defeating a greater enemy.

These decorated plates date to the reign of the Byzantine emperor Herakleios (r. 610–41) and were used at banquets to assert their owner's status and education. In 628–29, Herakleios defeated stronger Persian forces to regain control over Jerusalem, Egypt, and other Byzantine territories. The biblical figures' contemporary dress may be meant to associate the emperor with David, who is depicted defeating a greater enemy.

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Plate with David Anointed by Samuel, 629–630
Byzantine
Silver
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.398)

Plate with David's Confrontation with Eliab, 629–630
Byzantine
Silver
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.395)

Plate with the Presentation of David to Saul, 629–630
Byzantine
Silver
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.397)

Plate with David Slaying a Lion, 629–630
Byzantine
Silver
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.394)

Plate with the Arming of David, 629–630
Byzantine
Silver
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.399)

Plate with the Battle of David and Goliath, 629–630
Byzantine
Silver
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.396)