The chalice is a goblet-like cup, usually made of precious metal, to offer wine from during Holy Communion. Holy Communion is an symbolic reenactment of the Last Supper, where Christ broke bread with the apostles. During the Middle Ages, there was the idea of transubstantiation which was the belief that the wine in the chalice mystically turned into the true blood of Christ.
Artform: Decorative Arts: METALWORK, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Pugin, Augustus (designer)
Artist Dates: 1812-1852
Period: 19th century
Medium: silver, cup interior gilded, with applied and chased decoration
Size: height: 22 cm
Style: Gothic Revival
Museum: Cleveland Museum of Art
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