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Made by: Unknown (Silversmith)

On view in: Icon Room

About this object

The cup is gilt and set in a basket of fretwork in silver. This is adorned with four oval medallions in enamel, each with a border of table-cut emeralds. The scenes on the medallions are 1. Christ standing and blessing, 2. the crucified Christ on the cross (each inscribed [transcription]), 3. the Mother of God (inscribed [transcription]) and 4. St. John the Baptist (inscribed [transcription]). The central portion is baluster-shaped. The base is gilt with a repoussé design of garlands and swags in silver. The base is also set with four enameled medallions representing 1. Gethsemene, 2. the crown of thorns, 3. the road to Calvary, 4. the Entombment; all inscribed ([transcription]). The enamels are painted in bright colors, pinks, blues, greens, yellows, etc. Around the lip of the cup runs the inscription in Russian: "Eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, for it remains in Me, I am in it. Taste the Body of Christ. Take of the Source of immortality (the immortal source)." St. George and the Dragon for with date is on the central baluster-shaped part.

Object name:
Made from:
Silver -- parcel gilt -- enamel
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
30.2 × 12.7 cm (11 7/8 × 5 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK on lip: four hallmarks, 1. St. George and the Dragon for Moscow with the date 1787, 2. [transcription], 3. A T, 4. [transcription]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973