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Cruet

  • Place of origin:

    Upper Rhine (made)

  • Date:

    1350-1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt

  • Museum number:

    449-1865

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval and Renaissance, Room 50c, case 1

The letters A and V on the tops of these vessels stand for aqua (water) and vinum (wine). Altar cruets were used to mix the sacramental wine and water in the chalice, for the celebration of the Mass. Inscriptions on them indicate that they were donated to Basel Cathedral by Dr Arnold zem Luft,a Cathedral canon from 1474 until 1516.

Physical description

Altar cruet with hinged lid and the applied initial A. Parcel gilt silver with bands of bobbled decoration.

Place of Origin

Upper Rhine (made)

Date

1350-1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt

Dimensions

Height: 13.8 cm, Diameter: 5 cm, Weight: 0.1 kg

Object history note

New York Exhibition RF.96/1812; nominal file Burckhardt RF 12/3814 M

Historical context note

see 450-1865

Descriptive line

Cruet, sliver with hinged lid, Upper Rhine, 1350-1400

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

see 450-1865

Labels and date

PAIR OF CRUETS FOR THE MASS
Silver parcel-gilt. Marked, A (aqua), and V (vinum)
South German; 14th century
Formerly in the Treasury of Basle Cathedral []

Production Note

From Basel Cathedral

Materials

Silver; Gilt

Techniques

Parcel gilding

Categories

Ceremonial objects; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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