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Made by: Unknown

On view in: Icon Room

About this object

The gilt cup sits in a silver openwork basket of acanthus leaves, rosettes in rectangles, etc. There are four enameled medallions, which, while contemporary, are like the other medallions on the chalice that were not made for it originally. The enamels, in blue, white and grisaille, represent half-length figures, 1. Christ blessing [transcription], 2. St. John the Baptist [transcription], 3. Christ carrying the cross (inscribed: [transcription]) and 4. the Mother of God (inscribed: [transcription]). The central portion is baluster-shaped and engraved with several rows of acanthus leaves. The bell-shaped base has a row of engraved acanthus leaves on the lower portion, and above, four medallions with engraved leaf frames. Here also are four enameled medallions with engraved leaf frames. Here also are four enameled medallions which are contemporary, but which were not made for the chalice originally. They represent: 1. Gethsemene, 2. the mocking of Christ, 3. the road to Calvary and 4. the Entombment. On each of them, Christ is identified by [transcription]. On the inside of the foot is roughly engraved in Russian: "Deacon Peter Michael to the Church the Birth of the Virgin."

Object name:
Made from:
Silver gilt -- enamel
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
27.8 × 10.2 cm (10 15/16 × 4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK lower edge of base: five hallmarks: 1. St. George and the Dragon for Moscow, 2. 84 [transcription], 3. [transcription], 4. [transcription], 5. [transcription]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973