Artwork of the Week: November 14

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Italy (Alghero, Sardinia), Chalice and Paten. Gilded and enameled silver, about 1400. Chalice: H. 14 in. Paten: Diam. 11 in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1955.223a–b. The Cloister Gallery

Italy (Alghero, Sardinia), Chalice and Paten. Gilded and enameled silver, about 1400. Chalice: H. 14 in. Paten: Diam. 11 in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1955.223a–b. The Cloister Gallery

Italy (Alghero, Sardinia), Chalice and Paten. Gilded and enameled silver, about 1400. Chalice: H. 14 in. Paten: Diam. 11 in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1955.223a–b. The Cloister Gallery

Italy (Alghero, Sardinia), Chalice and Paten. Gilded and enameled silver, about 1400. Chalice: H. 14 in. Paten: Diam. 11 in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1955.223a–b. The Cloister Gallery

Working in a late Gothic style around 1400, an unknown artist crafted these objects of gilded silver on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean, which at that time was part of the Spanish kingdom of Aragon. In the sacramental ritual of the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion), medieval Christians used lavish vessels like these to contain and honor bread and wine consecrated at an altar and consumed as the body and blood of Christ.


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