Brass chalice with a hexagonal stem: 15th century

 
Brass chalice with a hexagonal stem: 15th century
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

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Brass chalice with a hexagonal stem. In the middle of the stem are empty holes where precious stones used to be set. The base is shaped like the petals of a flower. Very little medieval church plate survives because it was lost, hidden or converted to other uses during the Reformation. Chalices were supposed to be made from precious metals or pewter, so it is possible that this brass vessel, with hexagonal stem and sexfoil base, was made for burial in a priest's coffin, a custom sometimes observed in the medieval period. The chalice was found in London Wall.

Image Details

Date
 
1466 AD - 1500 AD
Image Number
 
000495

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