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  • Date:

    ca. 1620 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.


ca. 1620 (made)

Marks and inscriptions

The piece is unassayed and unmarked.


Height: 62 cm maximum, Width: 25.5 cm maximum, Diameter: 19.5 cm diameter of base, Weight: 3783.8 g

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt, set with enamelled bosses and crystals; Spain, possibly Burgos, ca. 1620, unmarked.

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

Oman, Charles. The Golden Age of Hispanic Silver 1400 - 1665. London: HMSO, 1968


Metalwork Collection

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