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cruet (ecclesiastical)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Altar cruet made to contain water during the celebration of Mass. The body of the vessel is pear-shaped and stands on a spreading, circular foot. Moulded wire is applied to the foot and to the neck. The cover is slightly domed and hinged (now broken). The cover is engraved with a gilt Lombardic letter 'A' to signify 'aqua' ('water').


  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Robinson 2008 p. 36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritiance Tax and allocated to the British Museum, October 2007

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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