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Paten

Date:
ca. 1230–50
Culture:
German
Medium:
Silver, partly gilt; niello, jewels
Dimensions:
7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (2.2 x 22.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.27
Not on view
This paten is one of an ensemble containing some of the elements needed for the celebration of the Eucharist: the paten for the bread, the chalice to hold the wine (acc. no. 47.101.26), and, exceptionally, a straw to sip the wine (acc. no. 47.101.28). The paten includes
a half-length figure of Christ holding a chalice and the Host. He is flanked by the Old Testament figures Abel, offering a lamb, and Melchisedech, clad as a bishop and raising a chalice. The fourth figure on the paten is Saint Trudpert, who holds a martyr’s palm, indicating that this set of implements comes from the monastery of Saint Trudpert, near Freiburg im Breisgau.
Inscription: (In lobes with figures, in incised figures)
1. (flanking Christ) (Alpha/Omega)
2. (on left lobe) ABEL
3. (on right lobe) MELCHISEDE/CH
4. (at bottom) S. TRVT/PERTS

(around rim) QVE[M] BENEDIXISTI PANIS NVNS EST CARO XPI [CHRISTI] + HV[N]C SANE COMEDIS SI QVOD SVA SIT CARO CREDIS +
From the Benedictine monastery of Saint Trudpert at Münstertal, near Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.; Alexander Petrovich Basilevsky, Paris (1878–1885) ; State Hermitage Museum(from 1885) ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York (1930s–sold half interest 1941 and 1942)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1941–sold 1947) ]
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