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Monstrance

Monstrance

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1630 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt, enamels, crystals and wood

  • Credit Line:

    Alfred Williams Hearn Gift

  • Museum number:

    M.36-1923

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 18

A monstrance originally contained a relic exposed to public view. Later it developed into a standing vessel with transparent centrepiece, in which the consecrated host (in Roman Catholic theology, the bread transformed into the body of Christ) was displayed during Mass. Either a receptacle or crescent-shaped support, called a lunette, holds the host.

The sun monstrance with a radiating sunburst surrounding the host was introduced during the Counter Reformation when much Catholic church silver, particularly in southern Europe, was designed to create powerful visual effects. The arms on the foot are those of the Discalced Carmelites.

Physical description

Gloria for host, glazed frame with rays set with pastes. Stem formed of 2 urns. Round moulded foot. The whole decorated with pounced ornament, foot and base set with bosses of enamel and Carmelite arms.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)

Date

ca. 1630 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt, enamels, crystals and wood

Marks and inscriptions

On the base are the Arms of the Discalced Carmelites

Unmarked

Dimensions

Diameter: 25.00 cm base, Height: 89.00 cm

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt, set with enamels and crystals, Spain, ca. 1620, unmarked.

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

Oman, Charles. The Golden Age of Hispanic Silver: 1400-1665. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1968.

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
A monstrance originally contained a relic exposed to public view. Later it developed into a standing vessel with transparent centrepiece, in which the consecrated host (the bread symbolising the body of Christ) was displayed during Mass. Either a receptacle or crescent-shaped support, called a lunette, holds the host.
The sun monstrance with a radiating sunburst surrounding the host was introduced during the Counter Reformation when much Catholic church silver, particulary in southern Europe, was designed to create powerful visual effects. The arms on the foot are those of the Discalced Carmelites. [26/11/2002]

Categories

Metalwork; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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