A Superb solid bronze, Monstrance or Ostensorium, made in solid bronze and pressed metal and with a spectacular Byzantine influence ...the origins are probably Middle Eastern.This Monstrance has a wonderful intricate design with the Holy Luna at center to carry the Holy Host. All the work has been hand made, and all worked in repousse. We date this wonderful piece to Circa 1920-30. A Monstrance, also known as Ostensorium, is the vessel used in the Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, and High Anglican churches, to display the consecrated Eucharistic Host during Eucharistic adoration, or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Created in the medieval period for the public display of relics, the Monstrance today is usually restricted for vessels used for Hosts. The word Monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to show". In Latin, the Monstrance is also known as an Ostensorium (from ostendere, "to show"). An imposing piece, this gorgeous Monstrance is very large, standing nearly 26" tall, and about 7" in width.
Dated to the 30´s approximately
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