Monstrance, Silver-gilt, German

Monstrance

Date:
about 1450
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Silver-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 24 13/16 x 8 3/8 x 6 7/16 in. (63 x 21.2 x 16.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.226
Not on view
Monstrances were vessels created to display the consecrated Host, the body of Christ. They were first created in response to the Feast of Corpus Christ established in 1263 that enabled the faithful to see and venerate the consecrated Host on a crescent moon-shaped mount.
Monstrances were used in liturgical processions, especially on feast days, and were also placed on the altar. Cologne goldsmiths produced many of these elaborate liturgical show pieces.
Michael Friedsam, New York
Frazer, Margaret English. "Medieval Church Treasuries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 43, no. 3 (Winter 1985-1986). p. 13, fig. 6.

McLachlan Elizabeth Parker. "Liturgical Vessels and Implements." In The Liturgy of the Medieval Church, edited by Thomas J. Heffernan, and E. Ann Matter. Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Western Michigan University, 2005. pp. 402-402, fig. 8.