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Medium
silver, silver-gilt
Measurements
10.9 × 8.2 × 8.6 cm
Inscription
punched (inverted) in outside of upper rim in rear u.c.: (bird in flight)
punched in outside of upper rim in rear u.c.: (crowned leopard's head) S
punched (diagonally) in top of base l.r.: (bird in flight) (crowned leopard's head) S
Accession Number
3562.1-D3
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1934
Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International
About
A chalice and paten were used in the ritual of the Eucharist – the consumption of consecrated bread and wine at the heart of the Mass. According to medieval Catholic theology, when the priest performed the consecration of the bread and wine these elements were transformed so that, although their appearance did not change, they became the body and blood of Christ. The paten held the bread or wafer, while the chalice held the wine. This paten bears an image of Christ as the sacrificial Lamb of God, emphasising the belief that Christ was physically present in the materials of the Eucharist.

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