Communion Dish

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

1781

Artist:

Benjamin Burt
American, 1729–1805
Boston

About this artwork

Because silver was associated with purity and durability, it was the most popular material used to fashion objects for administering the Sacrament. Matching sets were rare, and church silver was usually acquired piecemeal over a period of decades. By the end of the 18th century, the First Church of Medford, Massachusetts, had 20 pieces of communion silver, all given by different donors and fashioned by different makers.

On View

American Art, Gallery 166

Artist

Benjamin Burt

Title

Communion Dish

Origin

Boston

Date

1781

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Marked on bottom: "B.BURT" (in rectangle); engraved around rim of dish: a cherub's head and the words "The Legacy of the Honble ISAAC ROYALL ESQ. to the CHURCH OF CHRIST in Medford 1781."

Dimensions

3.2 × 32.4 × 32.4 cm (1 1/4 × 12 3/4 × 12 3/4 in.); 780.6 g

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1989.65

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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