American Decorative Arts
Maker: Assayer Felipe De Ribas “El Mayor”

Chalice

ca. 1695

Silver

H.: 22.384 cm (8 13/16 in.), Diam. (base): 13.8 cm (5 7/16 in.)
Bequest of Doris M. Brixey, by exchange
1999.22.1
Inventories of household goods belonging to Mexican immigrants who moved to New Mexico indicate that the immigrants took Mexican-made silverware with them to their new homes. This silver chalice, bearing the mark of Mexican assayer Felipe De Ribas “El Mayor” (the Elder), would have been used in the celebration of Communion in the Roman Catholic Church. In accordance with church law, the rim and interior of the chalice bowl are gilded. Wealthy colonists might have donated chalices such as this to their local chapels out of devotion and in hopes of political advancement. The foot and bowl of the chalice are wrought, while the Baroque-style disk and baluster stem are cast. The three sections of the chalice are held together with a center rod and nut.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico City, Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metal
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, 1999,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2000): 163.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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