Fragment of a chalice

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From St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney

Postcard of Fragment of a chalice.
© National Museums Scotland

Fragment of a chalice

Chalices are used to hold the wine during Mass. This fragment of a lead chalice was among the items found in the grave of a bishop in St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall in Orkney. The items are thought to date from the 13th century.

This is part of the bowl of the chalice.

The importance of bishops in the running of the Church is illustrated by the impressive objects found in their graves. The objects show that bishops had wealth, influence and social status.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-456-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 125
Date: 13th century
Probably 13th century
Material: Lead
Dimensions: 116 mm Dia
What: Chalice / bowl / part
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral
Description: Part of the bowl of a chalice of lead, found in a grave in the choir of St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney, probably 13th century
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