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The Rhia Paten

Rhia Paten

This eucharistic paten -"'communion plate if you prefer -"'from the Royal Academy's forthcoming exhibition Byzantium 330-1453 dates from around 570 and depicts the communion of the apostles. This traditional Orthodox scene shows the last supper, but pictures heavenly reality rather than historical detail. We are shown the meal as a church service, Christ serving at the altar to two groups of apostles, and playing the part of both ministers. Byzantium 330-1453 at the Royal Academy, 25 October-22 March.