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ID number:  BIRBI-45.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Title / Object name:  Pyx
Object type:  Art object
Culture:  French
Date made:  13th century
Materials:  Metal with champleve enamel
Measurements:  26.9 x 16.7 cm
Provenance:  Spero purchased work from Sotheby's, 13 July 1945, lot 62 from a private collection; purchased from Alfred Spero, London, August 1945, for £45

This vessel would have been used as a container for carrying the Eucharistic wafer to the sick, during the Christian ritual of the Holy Communion. This is the most important religious service in the Christian church, in which people share bread/wafers and wine as a symbol of the Last Supper and the death of Christ. The cross at the top of this object was probably added in the 14th century.

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