- Museum number
Pyx; copper-alloy; champlevé enamelled; base; decorated with six reserved palmettes alternating with six reserved and enamelled shields with heraldic devices set out on dark blue ground: clockwise from clasp: 1) or, cross recoursie azure; 2) or, star of eight points; 3) bendy, or azure; 4) or, cross recoursie, azure; 5) lozengy, or, azure; 6) or, five crescents or and azure; lid: four enamelled turquoise medallions containing quatrefoils with red centres, alternating with four shields: 1) or, cross recoursie azure; 2) lozengey, or and azure; 3) or, cross recoursie azure; 4) or, six crescents azure; cross from top of lid missing.
- Production date
Height: 84 millimetres
Width: 69 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A pyx is a receptacle for reserving the consecrated host. Many enamelled examples exist from the Limoges workshops (see Gauthier). Heraldic devices began to be used for decoration from the mid-13th century. The arms on this example have yet to be identified. See also Departmental Enamel Index and reg. nos 1850, 07-22, 5 and 6. PSH 12.9.91.
See Eucharistic vessels of the Middle Ages (1975).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018 - 2019 8 Jun - 20 Jan, Ottawa, Canadian Museum of History, Medieval Europe
2017 11 Jul – 22 Oct, Spain, CaixaForum Zaragoza, Medieval Europe.
2017 9 Mar – 18 Jun, Spain, CaixaForum Barcelona, Medieval Europe,
2016 - 2017 19 Oct – 5 Feb, Spain, CaixaForum Madrid, Medieval Europe,
2015 - 2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number