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Monstrance

Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Made in Saragossa or Valladolid, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Silver, silver gilt, translucent and opaque enamels, rock crystal
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (47.6 x 23.5 x 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.206
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
This monstrance is constructed largely of silver sheets that have been decorated with elaborate pierced work, a technique favored by Spanish goldsmiths in the early sixteenth century. The enamel and niello medallions represent a lioness breathing life into its cubs and a pelican feeding its fledglings with the blood of its breast. Both subjects allude to the redemption of humankind through Christ's sacrifice, suggesting that the vessel originally displayed a Eucharistic wafer.
Martin Hecksher, Vienna (until 1898) ; [ S. Durlacher, London (1898)] ; John Edward Taylor (before 1901-1912) ; his sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London (July 1-9, 1912, no. 88) ; [ Harding (1912-?)] ; Edward J. Berwind, Philadelphia and New York (until d. 1936) ; his estate sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (November 9-11, 1939, no. 380) ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (until 1949) ] ; Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (1949-1995) ; Anthony Blumka American, New York (1995-1999)
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