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Paten

Date:
1450–1500
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Silver-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: diam. 5 13/16 x 1/2 in. (diam. 14.8 x 1.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.366
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Although they often do not survive together, chalices and patens were concieved as ensembles, much like cups and saucers. The paten sat on top of the chalice and held the bread consecrated during the Mass as the body of Christ.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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