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Pyx

Artist: Unknown French Artist Primary
Date: 1201-1300
13th century
Dimensions: 4.63 x 3.38 x 2.69 in. (11.75 x 8.57 x 6.83 cm)
Object Type: Ritual Object
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Enamel on copper-gilt
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (32.100.279)
Accession Number: L2013.13.06
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

A pyx is a vessel used to carry the Eucharistic wafers to the sick who are unable to attend Mass. The angels that surround the container symbolically protect the contents. This is an example of champlevé enamel, for which the city of Limoges was famous in the late Medieval period. Depressions are gouged into copper and then filled with colored glass that has been ground to a fine powder. The pyx was then fired in an oven that reached over 1000° C, dried, and polished.




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