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

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  • A work made of silver gilt and enamel.


c. 1500–c. 1520


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, Gallery 236


Applied Arts of Europe




Germany (Object made in)

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Silver gilt and enamel


H.: 24.5 cm (9 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

C. Harker and Mae Svoboda Rhodes Acquisition Fund

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