Monstrance

Maker: Attributed to Diego de Atienzia (Spanish (Guadalajara), active in Lima, mid-17th century)

Date: 1646/9

Culture: Peruvian, probably Lima

Medium: Silver gilt with enamel, cast, chased, and engraved

Dimensions: H. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver

Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931

Accession Number: 32.100.231a, b

Description

The inscription indicates that this monstrance was made for Pedro de Urraca, a Spanish-born Mercedarian friar who spent most of his life in Ecuador and Peru, where he was revered for the holiness of his ministry. Urraca probably commissioned the monstrance from Atienzia as a gift to his native parish of Jadraque in Guadalajara, Spain. Such donations are responsible for the presence of much New World silver in Spanish churches.

Although the monstrance stem conforms to the "Severe" style of silver in early seventeenth-century Spain, the elaborate composition of the sol anticipates the distinctive development of the form in Peru.

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