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Chalice (caliz)

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The tall and slender gilt chalice is composed of four separately formed elements that are held together by a threaded, gilded, silver rod secured to the calyx; a notched and gilded bolt secures the whole beneath the base. An applied scalloped midband bisects the bowl horizontally; the upper...

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Inscription

"INRI" (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews) and "SPQR" (Senatus Populusque Romanus, the senate and people of Rome), both in a banner, engraved on bowl.

Marks

"FDCA" in roman capitals within a rectangle; "M" crowned within a shaped cartouche; and a fiscal mark of an eagle within a shaped reserve, all struck on side of cup, below midband, and on underside of rim. Zig zag graver's mark, incised by the assayer, visible on the underside.

Provenance

Unknown prior to gift to Museum in 1919.

Credit Line

Gift of E.L. Beck

about 1790–1812

Object Place

Mexico City, Mexico

Dimensions

24 x 14.6 x 7.7 cm (9 7/16 x 5 3/4 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

19.119

Medium or Technique

Silver with gold wash

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware