German / Chalice, Paten, and Straw / ca. 1230-1250German
Chalice, Paten, and Straw
ca. 1230-1250

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Chalice, Paten, and Straw
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Creation Start Date: 1230
Creation End Date: 1250
Creation Date: ca. 1230-1250
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Silver
Materials and Techniques: Silver, partly gilt; niello, jewels
Dimensions: H. of Chalice 8 in. (20.3 cm); Diam. of Paten 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); L. of Straw 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 47.101.26-29
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1947

This ensemble contains all the elements needed for the celebration of the Mass: the paten for the bread, the chalice to hold the wine, and a straw to sip the wine. Most often used in pairs, straws became particularly popular in the thirteenth century. They were used to prevent spilling the wine, consecrated as the actual blood of Christ. The decoration of this chalice and paten juxtaposes scenes from the life of Christ with the Old Testament events that were considered to prefigure them. The twelve apostles encircle the bowl of the chalice, while the representation of Saint Trudpert on the paten indicates that the ensemble was made for the monastery dedicated to him near Freiburg im Breisgau.

AMICA ID: MMA_.47.101.26-29
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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