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Made by: Unknown

On view in: Icon Room

About this object

The chalice is worked en repoussé in a very elaborate design in a combination of the second rococo and Renaissance styles with some Russian motifs. Around the lip of the chalice is engraved an inscription from the liturgy. On the bowl are four oval medallions each surrounded by strass. Each contains a head and shoulders, gilded, on a rayed silver ground, as follows: Christ with the crown of thorns, Christ blessing, the Virgin and St. John the Forerunner. Between these medallions are elaborate scrolls with leaves etc. in high relief. Below the knop are four heads of cherubim in very high relief. Below these are four trapezoid panels, each containing a scene in silver gilt in high relief on a silver ground bordered in strass. The scenes are from the Passion of Christ: 1. the Taking of Christ, 2. Christ before Pilate, 3. the Mocking of Christ, and 4. Christ on the Way to Cavalry. Below these is a border in high relief composed of many baroque motifs combined with Russian braided birch.

Object name:
Made from:
Silver gilt -- strass
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
41.9 x 17.1 cm (16 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK; INSCRIPTION 1. St. George and the Dragon for Moscow; 2. [transcription] for the tester and date; 3. 84 for the silver standard; 4. [transcription] for the maker; [Taste of the body of Christ, take of the source of immortality.] Accept the Body of Christ, taste of the immortal source
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973