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CHALICE

Made by: Unknown

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

The cup is in gilt and set in a silver basket-like openwork of interlaced quatre foils. This has four oval enameled medallions surrounded by table-cut brilliants. These are enameled with 1. Christ blessing (inscribed [transcription]), 2. St. John the Baptist holding a cup and a scroll (inscribed [transcription]), 3. Christ on the cross (inscribed: [transcription]), 4. the Mother of God [transcription]. The central portion is an urn-shaped baluster. The base has a repoussé design of leaves and flowers and is set with four medallions each surrounded with table cut brilliants. These medallions have the following scenes: 1. Gethsemene, 2. Christ before Caiphas, the high priest, 3. the road to Calvary, 4. the Entombment. In each Christ is identified by [transcription]. Around the cup runs the inscription in Russian: "Accept the Body of Christ; taste of the Immortal Source."

Category:
silverwork
Object name:
CHALICE
Made from:
Silver -- parcel gilt -- enamel
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
1791
Size:
31.8 x 12.2 cm (12 1/2 x 4 13/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
12.86
Class:
SILVER
Signature marks:
MARK on lip: four hallmarks, 1. St. George and the Dragon for Moscow, 2. [transcription], 3. [transcription], 4. an illegible mark; baluster portion: three hallmarks: 1. St. George and the Dragon for Moscow and date 179_, 2. no. 4 repeated, 3. A B
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973