Communion Cup

Communion Cup

1671-72

Silver gilt

Overall: 25.3 x 12.9 cm (9 15/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1980.79

Fun Fact

The words engraved along the exterior of this cup, "My Bloud is Drinke indeed,” refer to Christ’s instructions during the Last Supper, as described in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

Description

This cup was produced shortly after the death of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658), a leader of the English Civil War and Lord Protector of the British Isles from 1653 to 1658. An intensely religious man, Cromwell believed that the Reformation (1517–1648) failed to sufficiently eliminate Catholic beliefs and practices in Great Britain. The simplified shape and design of this vessel reflects his desire to visually differentiate Protestant communion cups from the chalices used by the Roman Catholic Church.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Silver
Medium: 
Silver gilt

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