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Pyx

Date:
late 15th–early 16th century
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Silver with silver-gilt interior
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 3/16 x 3 7/16 in. (10.6 x 8.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.199
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Pyxes (from the Greek for "boxwood vessel") are receptacles made to hold the consecrated bread, or Host, in reserve during Communion. The sacrament of Communion derives from the Gospel accounts of the Last Supper, in which Jesus gave bread to his disciples and said, "Take ye, and eat. This is my body" (Matthew 26:26)–an idea reiterated by the Latin inscription on the pyx.
Inscription: Around center, embossed, in Latin: "This is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ"
Harris(sold 1907)
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