The chalice is used to hold wine during the celebration of the Mass. The hallmark indicates that it may be the work of Juan Rodriguez de Cabra or of Juan Rodriguez de Luque, both silversmiths in the second half of the sixteenth century. The scrolled cartouches that surround the Virgin and Child, the four Evangelists, and other saints were Mannerist decorative devices that originated in Italy.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking:  Ro.DE  indistinct (Córdoba)
[ Lionel Harris and Co. , London, until 1907; sold to MMA ]