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Made by: Unknown

On view in: Russian Sacred Arts Gallery

About this object

The cup is in silver with gilding for the inscription and four medallions gilded. Three medallions with lightly engraved images of the Deesis - Christ, the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist - are arranged across the bowl's front and are identified by inscriptions. Christ also has "W O H" (Life) in his halo and an inscription in the open book held in his hand. On the other side of the bowl is a round medallion, gilded and engraved, with the Cross of Golgotha. These decorative elements overlap thye Old Slavonic text arround the lip of the chalice, which translates: "Drink from this everyone; this is my blood of the New Testament which is for you and many others was poured out in remission of sins." The central portion has a knop for ease in grasping which is gilt and engraved with a rinceau. There are four strips that run the length of the central portion, also gilt and with similar rinceau. The base is decorated with a scale pattern and ovoid cartouches, all gilded, engraved with floral motifs and each surmounted with a fleur-de-lis. Around the base runs a long gilded inscription translated: "In the year 7174 (old style for 1666) on the 2nd of November the holy father Seth, Archbishop of Astrakhan had this cup made for the Church of St. Nicholas, November 6, 1666." On the bottom of the rim is scratched in Cyrillic vorota, literally meaning "gate."

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Made from:
Silver -- parcel gilt
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Date made:
22.5 × 14 × 12.5 cm (8 7/8 × 5 1/2 × 4 15/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
MARK scratched underneath edge of foot; scratched near edge: [transcription]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973