07/11/2013 04:23 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2013

82nd & Fifth: CINEMATIC by Helen Evans

One of a group, this plate may have been used in elaborate dinners where it was a competition as to who could most accurately fill in the dramatic narrative. "One doesn't tend to think of silver plates as being quite as emotionally involving," says curator Helen Evans.

View a slideshow of a group of Byzantine plates depicting biblical figures including David.