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Pyx

Pyx

  • Place of origin:

    Huesca, Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.336-1956

  • Gallery location:

    Sacred Silver & Stained Glass, room 84, case 2

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A pyx (from the Greek for ‘box’) is used in Roman Catholic worship to contain the Sacred Host, the consecrated bread or wafer used in the Mass.

Physical description

Oblong octagonal, with band of gilt cast strawberry- leaf ornament round the top and bottom of the box. The hinged lid rises to a point and is ungilt except for the openwork cresting round the edge and the orb on the top .

Place of Origin

Huesca, Spain (made)

Date

ca. 1500 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt

Marks and inscriptions

Town mark of Huesca on base, on lid: +OS CAE

Dimensions

Height: 10.56 cm, Length: 12.4 cm, Width: 7.8 cm

Object history note

Hildburgh Bequest

Historical context note

Medieval Worship

Until the 16th century Roman Catholicism was the universal faith of the Western world and Latin was its universal language. The needs of church ritual inspired the production of a range of richly decorated vessels and vestments, crosses and images in the form of altarpieces. Many were made of gold or silver, adorned with enamels or gems, precious materials seen as symbolic of the reverence due to the worship of God. Less wealthy churches used cheaper vessels in copper, brass or pewter.

The celebration of Mass was and remains the most important service of the Roman Catholic liturgy. For this the minimum requirements are an altar, a chalice and missal, the book of texts necessary for the Mass. Holy Communion or Eucharist is that part of the Mass in which the people participate in the sacrifice of Christ, by partaking of his body and blood in the consecrated bread and wine, held in the chalice and paten.

Descriptive line

Silver, parcel-gilt, Spain, Huesca, ca.1500

Exhibition History

Medieval Worship (Sacred Silver and Stained Glass Galleries, the Victoria and Albert Museum 22/11/2005-22/11/2005)

Labels and date

Pyx

A pyx (from the Greek for ‘box’) is used in Roman Catholic worship to contain the Sacred Host, the consecrated bread or wafer used in the Mass.

Huesca, Spain, 1500; maker’s mark ‘+OS CEN’
Silver, partly gilded
Museum no. M.336-1956 [27/10/2005]

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Parcel gilt

Categories

Metalwork; Religion; Christianity

Collection code

MET

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