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third quarter 16th century
Italian, probably Florence
Gilt copper, silver, niello, and glass
Height: 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
Inscription: On the top band: CARO MEA VERE. EST.CIBVS.ET.SANGVIS.MEVS.VERE ETS.POTVS [trans.: "My flesh in truth is a drink" or "This is my body, this is my blood"

On the lower band: HIC EST PANIS QVI DE CELO DESCENDIT.SI QVIS MANDVCA VE RET.EX HOC PANE.VIVET INETERNVM [trans.: "This is the bread which came down from heaven. If anybody shall have partaken of this bread he will live in eternity" or "Whoever shall have partaken of it shall live in eternity."]

Beneath the base: SVORA / GOSTANZA / DE / NARDI / LANO / MDLXIII [trans.: Sister Gostanza de Nardi, anno 1653]
Giuseppe Signorini ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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