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Monstrance

Date:
third quarter 16th century
Culture:
Italian, probably Florence
Medium:
Gilt copper, silver, niello, and glass
Dimensions:
Height: 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2111
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
Inscription: [on the top band]: CARO MEA VERE. EST.CIBVS.ET.SANGVIS.MEVS.VERE ETS.POTVS; [on lower band]: HIC EST PANIS QVI DE CELO DESCENDIT.SI QVIS MANDVCA VE RET.EX HOC PANE.VIVET INETERNVM; [beneath the base]: SVORA / GOSTANZA / DE / NARDI / LANO / MDLXIII [trans. by Jessie McNab: (top band): "My flesh in truth is a drink" or "This is my body, this is my blood;" (lower band): "This is the bread which came down from heaven. If anybody shall have partaken of this bread he will live in eternity" or "Whoever shall have partaken of it shall live in eternity."]
Giuseppe Signorini ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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