Gothic chalice from Tuscany
A chalice was used during the church service of Mass to serve the consecrated wine. The form and ornament of this example are typical of a type made in large numbers in Tuscany. The finest were made entirely of silver gilt and enamel. Slightly cheaper versions, such as these, had a silver bowl and copper-gilt foot and stem.
An inscription on the hexagonal shaft of the chalice indicates that it belonged to the Prior of the Guild of St Michael, probably in Florence.
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