Chalice (Cáliz)

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Chalice (Cáliz)

Mexico, Mexico City, 1575-1578
Furnishings; Serviceware
Silver gilt, rock crystal, boxwood, feathers
Height: 13 in. (33 cm)
William Randolph Hearst Collection (48.24.20)
Currently on public view:
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 MAP IT
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4

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Curator Notes

The chalice is one of the most important sacred liturgical vessels used to consecrate and distribute the Eucharistic wine that symbolizes the blood of Christ....
The chalice is one of the most important sacred liturgical vessels used to consecrate and distribute the Eucharistic wine that symbolizes the blood of Christ. This chalice is a fusion of Spanish silverwork and indigenous artistic traditions. Instead of the more common decorative enamels, native featherwork provides the background for the boxwood carvings of the apostles in the stem. The rock crystal at the base was a mineral carved by native artists in Mexico long before Europeans arrived in the New World.

Ilona Katzew, 2008
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Bibliography

  • Donahue, Kenneth. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Handbook. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1977.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  New York: Thames and Hudson, 2003.
  • Levkoff, Mary L.. Hearst the collector. New York: Abrams and Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2008.
  • Donahue, Kenneth. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Handbook. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1977.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  New York: Thames and Hudson, 2003.
  • Levkoff, Mary L.. Hearst the collector. New York: Abrams and Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2008.
  • Kirkham, Pat and Susan Weber, eds. History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000. New York: Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; New Haven; London; Yale University Press, 2013.
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