The chalice is a vessel to hold wine at the celebration of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist. This particular chalice is modeled after the Chalice of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis, a Benedictine monk who served as regent of France during the Second Crusade. The original chalice (c.1140) is made of silver gilt with jewels and pearls and stands 19cm high (7 1/4 inches)

The cup is sardonyx and was probably made in the second or first centuries B.C.E. in Alexandria, Egypt. Suger had the cup mounted in delicate gold-wire filigree and adorned it with precious gems and pearls.An image of Christ can be clearly seen on the base.

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