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Chalice

A work made of silver gilt and enamel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt and enamel.

Date:

c. 1500–c. 1520

Artist:

German
Possibly Saxony

About this artwork

This chalice stands on a foot with six lobes, each with an engraving of a saint. On the stem are additional images of the Crucifixion, the four fathers of the Church (Saints Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome and Gregory), and Saint Agnes, each modeled of gilt silver and ensconced in Gothic arches. Above these miniature sculptural components are enameled plaques spelling out IHESUS (Jesus).

As the imagery suggests, this chalice was used for Christian liturgical ceremony of the Eucharist to hold wine as it is consecrated. This chalice was possibly made in Saxony, Germany, just prior to the Protestant Reformation.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 236

Title

Chalice

Origin

Germany

Date

1500–1520

Medium

Silver gilt and enamel

Dimensions

Height 24.5 cm (9 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

C. Harker and Mae Svoboda Rhodes Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

2017.83

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