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Eucharistic Dove
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Eucharistic Dove


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Description Used for storing communion wafers, doves such as this were suspended above the altar to signify the presence of the Holy Spirit at the Mass. On this fine, colorful example, the sparkling glass eyes and shimmering enamels on the wings and tail highlight the richness of the material of the liturgical vessel. The wafers were stored in a cavity under a hinged lid on the bird's back.
Exhibitions
  • Medieval Art in America 1800-1940, Patterns of Collecting. Palmer Museum of Art, University Park. 1995-1996.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Museum of Biblical Art, New York; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 2008-2009.
Provenance Emmanuel Chalandon, Lyon, 1877; Georges Chalandon, Paris, 1905, by inheritence; Jacques Seligmann, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Arnold Seligmann, New York [date of acquisition unknown], by transfer; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926

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Period
early 13th century (Medieval)
Medium
gilded copper, champlevé enamel, glass
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.77
Measurements
H: 7 x W: 9 5/16 x D: 6 7/8 in. (17.8 x 23.7 x 17.5 cm)
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