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Ampulla, used at Scottish coronation of Charles I, at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

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Ampulla, used at Scottish coronation of Charles I, at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
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An ampulla is a container used in churches for holy oil or consecrated wine. This gold example was used to hold the sacred anointing oil at the Scottish coronation of Charles I on 18 June 1633 at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. It was carried at the ceremony by Sir James Balfour.

The Latin inscription states the occasion and use for which the ampulla was created. Incised on the screw-on-lid and foot-ring is a crude egg-and-tongue pattern. There is no maker's mark.

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