20 April – Medieval Galleries at the V&A

On Easter Sunday I went to see the Medieval Galleries at the V&A.  I wanted to familiarise myself with the visual sensibility of the period and to see the vessels Mottisfont Canons would have used for their religious ceremonies, particularly the reliquaries which housed holy relics.

The Becket Casket, about 1180

The Becket Casket, about 1180

Chalices, 1200 - 1300, Chalices were made of the finest materials because they held the consecrated wine believed to be the blood of Christ

Chalices, 1200 – 1300, Chalices were made of the finest materials because they held the consecrated wine believed to be the blood of Christ

Pair of Cruets, 1450-1520, used for holding the holy water and the wine that were mixed together during Mass

Pair of Cruets, 1450-1520, used for holding the holy water and the wine that were mixed together during Mass

Pyx, 1310-25, container for holding the consecrated bread

Pyx, 1310-25, container for holding the consecrated bread

 

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