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Pax (Kußtafel or Monile)

ca. 1515–20
Made in Nuremberg(?), Germany
South German
Silver, silver gilt, rubies (or spinels), rock crystal
6 1/4 x 4 15/16 in. (15.8 x 12.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Michel David-Weill Foundation Gift, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.57a, b
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
This ornate pax was used during the celebration of Mass for the kiss of peace. The engraved letters IHS in the rock crystal are a monogram of the Greek name for Jesus. The Virgin and Child flanked by St. James the Greater and a female saint (perhaps Dorothy) are engraved on the back of the pax. On the inside of the back plate is an inscription indicating that Jacob Ostrofski presented the pax to the church of Blonie (near Warsaw) in 1529.
Inscription: Inscription: (on the inside of the back) IHS"ANO.DOMI.1529.PER.IACOBV.OSTR
Martin Kubli Antiquitaten, Basel ; Albrecht Neuhaus, Würzburg ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York (sold 1992) ]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1991-1992." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 50, no. 2 (Fall 1992). p. 23.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 286, pp. 224, 226.

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