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Osculatory

Date:
ca. 1490
Geography:
Made in Salzburg, Austria
Culture:
Austrian
Medium:
Silver, silver gilt, and mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
Overall: H: 5 1/8 x Depth: 13/16 x Diam: 3 1/8 in. (13 x 2.1 x 7.9 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.80
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
Worn as a pendant, the osculatory was kissed by the celebrant of the Mass at the mingling of the bread and wine to signify the unity of the Church through the bond of charity. The plaque on the front represents the Trinity and refers to the Redemption of man through Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Engraved on the back plate are SS. Ursula and Barbara. A number of other objects in The Cloisters Treasury, including the silver and mother-of-pearl tabernacle, also come from the treasury of St. Peter's monastery in Salzburg.
Marking: Marks: (on the back plate just below the center) an upper case S; (twice on the trilobe suspension loop) C
From the Treasury of Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg; Oscar Bondy, Vienna (?) ; Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (sold October 21, 1942) ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (October 21, 1942–sold February 2, 1948)] ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York (February 7, 1948–sold 1989)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1988-1989." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 47, no. 2 (Fall 1989). p. 17.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 251, p. 207.



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