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Pair of Rock Crystal Candlesticks
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Pair of Rock Crystal Candlesticks

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Description Rock crystal, a transparent quartz mineral that was highly prized, can be carved in various ways, including with facets, as here, to catch the flickering light of a candle. Before the invention of electricity, candlelight in a darkened chapel would have created an easily understood metaphor for divine illumination.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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rock crystal with gilded silver
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VO.5 (41.82, 41.83)
18 11/16 in. (47.4 cm)


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