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Ciborium; silver-gilt, enamel, niello. The hexagonal domed cover surmounted by openwork trefoil cresting and a removable crescent that fits into a hexagonal terminal, the rim of the cover with the same cresting. The decoration on the cover in six ribbed compartments, engraved with the figures of St Peter with an inscribed scroll, St John the Baptist with lamb and inscribed scroll, St Bartholomew with inscribed scroll, St Paul with an inscribed scroll, St Andrew with a saltire cross, and a shield with the saltire cross for St Andrew. Two hinges attach the cover to the bowl, one hinge with chain that is attached to the terminal on the cover. The hexagonal domed bowl with pierced quatrefoil cresting at the rim. The bowl with six compartments; three plain, two engraved with foliage and one with a scene of a griffin devouring a naked human. The hexagonal stem with a central cushion knop highly decorated; engraved and embossed lancet windows above and below projecting lozenges set alternately with a saltire cross for St Andrew and a shield with the arms of Velasco.The spreading hexagonal foot with pierced arcaded decoration at the edge. Three panels with engraved foliage, one with a sleeping child, and one with a fox wearing a hooded cloak. Three plain panels with applied enamelled lozenge-shaped plaques, two with the arms of Velasco and one with a saltire cross for St Andrew.
- Production date
- 1450-1550 (with some later additions)
Height: 380 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See van Bellegem, Roehrs, McLeod 2008 for a full discussion of the Vera Cruz set.
- Bibliographic references
Santa Clara 2004 / El Monasterio de Santa Clara de Medina de Pomar Fundación y Patronazgo de la Casa de Velasco (Chapter XI, pp. 331-360)
Barrón García 1998 / La Época Dorada de la Platería Burgalesa 1400-1600 (Vol. I, pp. 86, 196)
Porres Fernandez 1989 / El Hospital de la Vera Cruz de Medina de Pomar (a. 1438) Fundación, Dotación, Ordenanzas
van Bellegem et al 2008 / A Spanish Medieval altar 'set': new investigation and assessment of its date and manufacture (p.67-76, p.68, fig.1, p.70-71, p.73, table.1)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Said to have been given by Don Pedro Fernandez de Velasco to the Hospital de la Vera Cruz at Medina de Pomar near Burgos.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number