'The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist', plaquette

'The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist', plaquette

The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist
Plaquette
Italy
About 1500
Bronze
Museum no. 6977-1860

The pax, introduced in the Middle Ages, was kissed by the priest and congregation before taking communion. This relief is a rare example of a pax with its handle still attached. It would have been held up during the Mass as a devotional image for worship.