Silver Gilt Standing Salt
Silver Gilt Standing Salt
Silver Gilt Standing Salt
Silver Gilt Standing Salt

Silver Gilt Standing Salt

c. 1550 England

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It was made c1550. The central rock crystal tube contains a gilt figure of Longinus, the Roman soldier who, legend has it, pierced Christ in the side when he was on the cross.

The rock crystal was almost certainly recycled from an earlier Catholic reliquary, which were broken up during The Reformation. Surviving examples of these ‘architectural salts’ are extremely rare.
Medium
Silver, crystal
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