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Monstrance

ca. 1620 (made)

Silver-gilt, set with enamelled bosses and crystals. The rayed gloria for holding the host is held in a larger rayed frame set with crystals. Images of birds pounced in rectangular or irregular-shaped geometric cartouches around the monstrance window, for example on the front side, at 12 o'clock: a flying bird (matched on the verso with a pounced image of a goose). The arms of the royal order of Carmelites surmounted by a crown engraved in an oval boss at the top of the stem, on both sides. The stem itself is formed of two urn-shaped sections with pounced scrollwork and set with oval bosses decorated with ornament against a ground of dark blue enamel.


object details
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Monstrance
  • Reliquary
Brief Description
Silver-gilt, set with enamelled bosses and crystals; Spain, possibly Burgos, ca. 1620, unmarked.
Physical Description
Silver-gilt, set with enamelled bosses and crystals. The rayed gloria for holding the host is held in a larger rayed frame set with crystals. Images of birds pounced in rectangular or irregular-shaped geometric cartouches around the monstrance window, for example on the front side, at 12 o'clock: a flying bird (matched on the verso with a pounced image of a goose). The arms of the royal order of Carmelites surmounted by a crown engraved in an oval boss at the top of the stem, on both sides. The stem itself is formed of two urn-shaped sections with pounced scrollwork and set with oval bosses decorated with ornament against a ground of dark blue enamel.
Dimensions
  • Maximum height: 62cm
  • Maximum width: 25.5cm
  • Diameter of base diameter: 19.5cm
  • Weight: 3783.8g
Marks and Inscriptions
The piece is unassayed and unmarked.
Credit line
Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest
Object history
When the monstrance was acquired in Burgos in 1921, it was said to have come from the diocese of Vitoria, on the northern coast of Spain.
Bibliographic Reference
Oman, Charles. The Golden Age of Hispanic Silver 1400 - 1665. London: HMSO, 1968
Collection
Accession Number
M.156-1956

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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