The paten is inscribed on its outer rim with the words "The bread which is broken in me is the body itself. He who receives it in good faith shall live in eternity." Another inscription surrounding the image of the enthroned Christ at the paten's center, reads, "Behold, o men, I have thus redeemed you with my death." Symbols of the four Evangelists and personifications of the four cardinal virtues complete the paten's iconographic program.

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Monstrance with the "Paten of Saint Bernward", c. 1180-1190

silver, gilded silver, niello, rock crystal, Overall: 34.50 x 15.90 x 14.00 cm (13 9/16 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches); Part 1: h. 13.50 cm (5 5/16 inches); Part 2: h. 34.30 cm (13 1/2 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund with additional gift from Mrs. R. Henry Norweb 1930.505

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